Three more arrests made in Farzana's case

LAHORE - Police said that they have arrested three more men for the brutal murder of a woman bludgeoned to death outside a court by family members for marrying against their wishes.

Farzana Parveen was battered to death last week outside the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen attackers armed with bricks, including numerous relatives. "We have arrested two brothers of Farzana, Zahid Ali and Ghulam Ali, and her alleged ex-husband Mazhar Iqbal in this case," said Chaudhry Shafiq, a senior police official.

"They will be produced before a court tomorrow." The killing sparked outrage because of its brazen and brutal nature and claims that police did nothing to save Farzana, who was three months' pregnant. The United States branded the incident "heinous" and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demanded immediate action to catch the killers.

With the latest arrests there are 13 in police custody including Farzana's father Mohammad Azeem.

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