Sunday 26 October 2014

'Honour killing' victim's husband admits strangling first wife

Rob Crilly London

Published 31/05/2014 | 02:30

Muhammed Iqbal, 45, husband of the late Farzana Iqbal, sits with his family members at his residence in a village in Moza Sial, west of Lahore
Muhammed Iqbal, 45, husband of the late Farzana Iqbal, sits with his family members at his residence in a village in Moza Sial, west of Lahore

Police in Pakistan have arrested four more suspects as they investigate the shocking public murder of a pregnant woman.

Farzana Parveen (25) was bludgeoned to death by a mob of relatives close to Lahore's court complex in an apparent honour killing.

Her father was the only person arrested in the immediate aftermath.

Her husband, Mohammad Iqbal (45), has confessed to strangling his first wife in order to marry Ms Parveen. Relatives said that her sister had been killed by her family for rejecting an arranged marriage.

Such crimes frequently go unpunished in Pakistan, often settled with blood money, but police officers are under intense scrutiny after the case made global headlines.

Shafiq Ahmad, the head of Lahore city police, defended his officers against allegations of inaction. "We made four arrests last night," he said. "We have constituted a special team to continue investigations and by the grace of God there will further arrests today."

The four are believed to include Ms Parveen's maternal uncle, two cousins and a driver.

After his arrest, Muhammad Azeem, her father, told officers he felt no regret because "she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent".

Last year there were almost 900 reported 'honour killings' but campaigners fear the real number is higher. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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