Friday 26 December 2014

Pregnant woman 'killed by husband' claim

Mubasher Bukhari

Published 01/06/2014 | 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

THE family of a pregnant Pakistani woman who was bludgeoned to death in broad daylight has accused her husband of killing her – in stark contrast to his version of a story that has shocked people around the world.

Police and witnesses said 25-year-old Farzana Iqbal was murdered by assailants including her own father outside a court building last Tuesday because she had married a man of her own choosing, Muhammed Iqbal, instead of a cousin they had selected for her.

But yesterday, Farzana's elder sister said it was Iqbal who killed her. "Muhammed Iqbal and his accomplices killed Farzana, and her father and the rest of her family were wrongly accused of murder," Khalida Bibi told reporters in the city of Lahore.

"I was present at the scene and when she came out of the lawyer's chamber and as soon as she saw us standing on the other side of the road, she rushed towards us. Iqbal and his accomplices chased her and hit her with bricks."

Iqbal says they married for love in January. On Friday, he told Reuters that he and his wife were attacked by her family outside the High Court in Lahore.

Iqbal has also admitted that he had killed his first wife in a dispute over Farzana in 2009. Khalida Bibi said she had spent 13 days with Farzana in a women's shelter last month where she said she was hiding from Iqbal.

"She told me that Iqbal had kidnapped her and forced her to marry," she said. "She feared that Iqbal might kill her like his previous wife, Ayesha."

Police investigating the killing have arrested five people including Farzana's father.

Reuters

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