Woman stoned to death outside LHC

PM directs Punjab CM to submit a report on ‘honour’ killing

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken notice of the murder of 25-year-old pregnant woman Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death near the Lahore High Court on Tuesday morning.

25-year-old Farzana was attacked by her father, brothers and other family members for marrying out of choice. Farzana was on her way to the LHC to contest an abduction case her family had filed against her husband when she was brutally attacked. Fazana's father surrendered to the police after the attack and termed it an honour killing.

The prime minister on Thursday directed Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to submit a report on the incident by the evening. The prime minister has said that those involved in the murder which took place in broad daylight in Punjab's provincial capital of Lahore should be brought to book. The brutal act took place on Fane Road, one of the busiest roads in Lahore, when Farzana, of Nankana Sahib, her husband Mohammad Iqbal and in-laws, left the office of her counsel for going to the court.

Her father and brothers had got an abduction case registered against her husband and she had filed a petition in the LHC to get the case quashed. She was to appear before the court on Tuesday to record her statement in favour of her husband. Muhammad Iqbal criticized the policemen who, he said, had only played the role of a silent spectator and never tried to save his wife from the attackers. Civil Lines SP Mufakhar Adeel said the Mozang police had registered a murder case against six nominated and over 20 unidentified suspects.

He said the nominated suspects were victim's father Azeem, brothers Zahid and Ghulam Ali, cousins Mazhar Iqbal and Jahan Khan and aunt Saeeda. He said the police had arrested victim's father and recovered a pistol from his possession. The SP said that four police teams headed by the Nankana DPO, the SP and four inspectors were raiding residences and other places in Nankana and elsewhere for the arrest of suspects. He said the suspects had locked their homes and shifted to some other places in a bid to escape their arrest.

He said the victim's father told investigators that four people were involved in plotting the murder. 

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