LAHORE: The husband of a pregnant woman bludgeoned to death outside the Lahore High Court murdered his first wife, he told AFP on Thursday, in a twist to a story that has shocked rights activists.
Farzana was murdered on Tuesday by more than two dozen attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against her family’s wishes.
Now Farzana’s husband Iqbal, 45, has admitted killing his first wife.
“I was in love with Farzana and killed my first wife because of this love,” adding that he had strangled her.
Iqbal said he was spared a prison term because his son - who alerted police to the murder - later forgave him under the blood-money laws.
After admitting to the murder he switched off his phone and did not respond to further calls.
Rights groups have expressed fears the same blood-money laws that spared Iqbal could be used to pardon Farzana’s killers.
Zulfiqar Hameed, a senior police officer investigating the killing of Farzana, said police would be filing a report to the government detailing Iqbal’s past.
“Iqbal was a notorious character and he had murdered his first wife six years ago. A police case was lodged against him and he was on the run for many weeks,” Hameed said.
“He was arrested and later released after a compromise with his family.”
According to Iqbal, Farzana’s family had initially agreed to their marriage but they had later fallen out because they wanted a greater amount in dowry.
He told AFP he had been receiving death threats from his in-laws, and said he did not believe police were actively pursuing his wife’s killers.
“I am already upset and worried but now they are threatening to kill me as well,” he said.
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