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Pakistani human rights activists hold placards during a protest in Islamabad on May 29, 2014 against the killing of a pregnant woman Farzana Parveen. – AFP Photo
Pakistani human rights activists hold placards during a protest in Islamabad on May 29, 2014 against the killing of a pregnant woman Farzana Parveen. – AFP Photo

LAHORE: The husband of a pregnant Pakistani woman bludgeoned to death outside Lahore High Court (LHC) murdered his first wife, he told AFP on Thursday, in a twist to a story that has shocked rights activists.

Farzana Parveen was murdered on Tuesday outside the LHC by more than two dozen attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against her family's wishes.

The brazen, brutal nature of the killing, in broad daylight in the centre of Pakistan's second largest city, has triggered outrage around the world.

Now Parveen's husband Mohammad 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 Pakistan's controversial blood-money laws.

After admitting to the murder he switched off his phone and did not respond to further calls.

Also read: PM directs Punjab to submit report

Rights groups have expressed fears the same blood-money laws that spared Iqbal could be used to pardon Parveen's killers.

Zulfiqar Hameed, a senior police officer investigating the killing of Parveen, said police would be filing a report to the government later on tonight 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, a farmer from the Jaranwala district of Punjab, Parveen's family had initially agreed to their marriage but they had later fallen out because they wanted a greater amount in dowry.

Last year 869 women died in so-called “honour killings” according to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

Britain condemns ‘barbaric’ murder

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the “barbaric” murder, urging the Pakistani government to fully investigate the killing of Parveen and stamp out the practice of killings to defend family “honour”.

“I am shocked and appalled by the death of Farzana Parveen: both for the appalling manner of her death, and the unspeakable cruelty and injustice of murdering a woman for exercising her basic right to choose who to love and marry,” Hague said a in a statement.

“There is absolutely no honour in honour killings and I urge the government of Pakistan to do all in its power to eradicate this barbaric practice.”

“I call on the Pakistani authorities to investigate this atrocious murder fully and bring those responsible to justice.”

Hague, who is hosting a global conference on sexual violence against women next month in London, said he hoped the case would spark a “wider debate” on the issue.

US denounces 'heinous' murder

The United States has also condemned the “heinous” killing and called for her murderers to be swiftly tried.

“We strongly condemn the murder of a woman outside the Lahore High Court on Tuesday,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

“We hope the perpetrators are quickly brought to justice in accordance with Pakistan's law,” she told reporters.

Psaki denounced “unjustifiable acts” against women around the world, especially “violence that occurs in the name of tradition and honor, such as so-called honor killings.”

She welcomed statements by Pakistani leaders denouncing Parveen's murder as well as new legislation protecting women's rights in the country.

“We encourage the full implementation of such laws as well as greater public awareness about these laws, especially in Pakistan's rural and tribal areas,” Psaki added.

Comments (80) Closed

stranger May 29, 2014 08:45pm

At awe with the law.

JJ May 29, 2014 08:54pm

You guys seriously forgive a murderer for money. God save this world!!!!

Jk May 29, 2014 09:11pm

How about having a civil and criminal penalty. Civil can be pardoned with blood money to keep Criminal penalty have no blood money. Food for thought. This is ugly and barbaric shame on us

Beck May 29, 2014 09:16pm

So who is going to risk her life, to be the 3rd wife of this man? A woman's life is so cheap in Pakistan!

AJamal May 29, 2014 09:17pm

Soul of Ziaul Haque must be laughing at our nation.

Hussain May 29, 2014 09:24pm

Where is the so called council of Islamic ideology, why they don't see such barbaric incidents and review the deyat law which allows such beast to roam freely.

Irshad Khan May 29, 2014 09:27pm

Law of Qisas/diyat is misused in Pakistan and it should be banned immediately. The only person to forgive his or her murderer should only be the victim if they come back alive (which is not possible). Father forgiving son for killing his sister or mother of the murdered girl forgiving her husband does not make any sense, killer must pay for the crime.

Ayesha May 29, 2014 09:30pm

Ok, now i understand why Mr Nawaz Sharif has condemned this brutal murder, as if he never heard about such cases before, but now it's only because of Mr Hague, and the international pressure he's making official statements. Thanks to the social media, and the news papers who highlighted this great injustice, orther wise this case like thousands of others would have been under the files of paper notes. This is not the first time a woman has been stoned to death, and the culprits getting away with their crimes. After a few days this case will also be a history. Shame on the entire government, your faces needs to be painted black.

atif May 29, 2014 09:39pm

i wonder where the 'honor' of honor killers goes when they seek pardon for honor, if they r so honorable, they should be willing to face the gallows

SMQ Zaman May 29, 2014 09:39pm

New revelations and another twist in the saga of the murder of Farzana Parveen i.e. her husband killed his first wife to marry her and the family refused because the 'dower' (or 'mahr) was insufficient for their satisfaction; and he got away with forgiveness granted under the protection of the 'blood-money law'! Where's this, nation of ours, headed?

JH May 29, 2014 09:42pm

Shame on us for allowing this to happen to our daughters.....

omer khan shaheen May 29, 2014 09:44pm

What were police and lawyers doing at the time? "Busy enjoying the show". What an impotent society we have become!

Sayyar Khan May 29, 2014 09:56pm

Barbaric ACT need to make this guy an example for others.

Kevin May 29, 2014 10:00pm

What kind of society is this? How can a country once ruled by a woman still has women getting in the "so called' honor killing.

muhibbewatan May 29, 2014 10:03pm

Killing a person is like killing the entire humanity. Thus, no matter what the reason, even an attempt to murder, let alone cold-blooded murder, deserves the strictest punitive action from the appropriate authorities, as is the practice in other civilised countries. Pakistan's tainted record in these kind of cases need to be completely erased and the laws should be overhauled to protect the rights of every single citizen without any prejudice......period!

zobia khan May 29, 2014 10:08pm

@Hussain They argued that the woman would have been OK if she had not left her home, chaddor aur char diwari. Since she left her home then the rest that followed cannot be condemned. How unreasonable is our society.

zobia khan May 29, 2014 10:11pm

The Fiqh council of America in its infinite wisdom has offered the best solution. Blood money can only avoid death penalty, same for forgiveness. The state has the right prosecute and punish for the injuries caused before death ensued. The accused first has to be convicted, and once convicted the victims family can demand payment to reduce the the punishment. But the punishment does not go away. The guilty still spend life in prison.

Hira May 29, 2014 10:18pm

In my understanding there is nothing stopping the state from imprisoning the convicted even if the blood money statue is exercised. The principle is designed so that the life of the accused can be spared. No where does this imply that the accused can go scot free as is the case in Pakistan. The default in these sort of cases involving blood money should be life in prison.

A BITTERLY CONCERNED May 29, 2014 10:28pm

The participants in a criminal scheme as egregious as this murder are divested of any rights to inheritance and any right to forgive. In such circumstances blood money is not accepted under Shariah Laws as Islam is an equitable religion and equity does not reward a criminal. The Holy Qur'aan mandates that any ruler (for that part.. any system) that rules against the commands of Allah s.w.t. (here the Order of Qasas by killing) is in indeed (certified) infidel/non-believer Accepting forgiveness from his son, brother or others again, a participant in the scheme, shall be mockery of justice and Islam per se. God bless her soul who suffered at the hands of cruel and may Allah s.w.t. punish those spectators who did not do anything to stop it. Shame to system where police could not be summoned within few moments as we pay more attention on building mansions,factories outside the country and ignore the nation which is only a source of plundering. Change the laws but Cowards can't do it.

Intrepid May 29, 2014 10:29pm

There is something fundamentally wrong with Family Law and specifically with this "forgiveness" nonsense in the Pakistan judicial system! In a country where a overwhelming large number of the population is uneducated and unable to be educated these "laws" mean nothing. Tribal culture, cafeteria (you only select what you want) religious beliefs and century old practices dominate the entire country. No wonder 1000 women every year are victims of "honor killing"! Most Pakistanis are equipped with a warped way of thinking, especially when it involves women and children. To men in Pakistan or of that origin, women and children are chattel, possessions that they may and can behave with any way they please! I have seen evidence of this amongst the immigrants from South Asia, here in the West. Having said this, the fundamental question about the murder of Farzana Parveen and her unborn child remains unanswered. Clearly this should be a case of double murder. I doubt, very much if the government, either at the state level of the federal level will do anything about this and will perhaps hope this "matter" disappears in to thin air! Shame on Pakistanis, Muslims and the entire country!!!!

Amit May 29, 2014 10:30pm

Though what he said is right, but Who gave the british, the right to speak on Pakistani matters....

Bobby May 29, 2014 10:36pm

This is just the lowest form of humanity. Influential people have to stand up and start to speak up against such acts. This is not what our country and our religion stands for and by not speaking up against such unspeakable acts, the sane in the society are saying that it is OK.

Shahpur May 29, 2014 10:42pm

System is corrupt, and no body cares. Religion has become a source of abuse at the highest level. Just look around.

Anwar Hasnat May 29, 2014 10:52pm

The killers of Farzana are! They should all be tried and sentenced in the swiftest possible way. Since the murder took place outside the High Court, the trial should take place there.

Sufi Mateen May 29, 2014 10:55pm

Just one word "sickening"

Humanitarian May 29, 2014 11:12pm

No words to condemn such cowards acts. Beyond explanation and justification. However; Britian is so eager to condemn 1 incident happening in a corner of the world while killings hundreds and thousands of people around the world during the colonialism, world wars, afghanistan, iraq and now in syria. Supporting Israel who is the champion of bashing so called human rights in broad day light ..never heard Britain condemning any single humiliation of humans in Palestine? Such a contrast contradiction. Both are definitely separate issues. Pakistan seriously needs to address these social evils. But at the same time those whose own cloaks are soaked with the blood of innocents should not point fingers at others.

Pakistan Paindabad

independentthinker May 29, 2014 11:20pm

It is unfortunate we all jump to conclusions (myself included), without hearing the whole story! It appears this guy (Iqbal) is a hustler! He is 45 years of age, has KILLED his first wife and now going after this young woman, who probably will face the same fate, as the first wife did. The family of Farzana probably saw the red flags and tried to convince their daughter not to get into this relationship.... unfortunately, they did not succeed. While I am not trying to defend them or suggest that they should not pay for their crime, I believe it was out of frustration and anger that the daughter is messing up her life, they ended up killing her! I don't think there was any offer to "sell" her for $1,000.00 - I think this is all made up, to make this family look bad. I strongly believe Iqbal should also be held responsible for her death and the death of his first wife. If not, I wouldn't be surprised if he messes up other young ladies in the future. As I said before, he is a hustler and he will most likely not stop at this! Two women is enough!

Joe Highlander May 29, 2014 11:36pm

@Amit Easy there. There are lots of people and governments, in lot of countries who care very much about Pakistanis

Azmat May 29, 2014 11:44pm

There is no forgiveness for premeditated murder!

Usman May 29, 2014 11:47pm

This is heinous crime. Lack of education is manifesting it-self in causing people to be in tolerant, honor killing is nothing other than just making yourself feeling better and being dominant.

TooTrue May 29, 2014 11:56pm

I've never understood this barbaric law of taking money and forgiving a crime. Doesn't the state have an interest in prosecuting murder, regardless of any deals between the victim's family and the perpetrator?

Nawaz May 29, 2014 11:59pm

@Ayesha Agree. There is nothing "honorable" about this, nothing Islamic about this and nothing "Pak" about this. We, as people and as a nation have failed if we can not provide the most basic of human rights to all that share our land. Breaks my heart to read this. May Allah have mercy on the children effected in this and may they have an opportunity to rise above this "way of life".

AdHawk May 30, 2014 12:21am

Wow, when Karma bites it bites hard!

Rev. Eldrick Lal May 30, 2014 12:46am

I am heartbroken about this unpleasant situation. The narrative is so disturbing. Please stop this honor killing!

Verma T May 30, 2014 12:54am

@Amit Agree with you but your govt and people are so dumb that don't hear any pain till International Pressure. Why you give chance to others to point finger on you.

FIZA May 30, 2014 12:57am

It's important for Pakistani society to protest inhumane killings against females as these brave women are doing. Such demonstrations bring attention to this horrendous issue and help in alleviating apathy in our society when such barbaric non Islamic crimes occur.

gujju May 30, 2014 12:59am

Who should one blame? The root. How can one fix the root? True Education. How true education is possible? Take action against all who are against true education. Who should take action against those extremest? The government. Who is government? Why should they be involved? Elected officials. They should take responsibility for better of people. Why aren't elected officials are not ready to take responsibility? Either they are not good or may be corrupt or happy with what is going around them.

Tauseef Quraishi May 30, 2014 01:12am

Are we living in the 21st century. It seems that some people in Pakistan, founded in the name of Islam, are still living in medieval times. Islam, which guarantees freedom of religion and basic rights, is not followed there. Murder of an Ahmadi doctor, a U.S. citizen who went to his motherland out of compassion for his people and love for humanity was cut down because of his religious beliefs, which caused no harm or offense to anyone and now this barbaric cruelty right outside the Lahore High Court. What have we become and who or what is responsible for the degeneration of our society.

Vinay May 30, 2014 01:15am

I am pleased to see human right groups protesting against this heinous crime. Such protests must not end until a permanent solution is in place for the so called Honor Killing. I would like to see these protest in every city of Pakistan. This news is in every news papers of the world. I have not heard from any Islamic scholars or mullas talking against such crimes. Do they support this?

shamsher May 30, 2014 01:16am

What has Britain got to do with it?? Some of the people who were involved have been arrested and will be brought to justice. Why not Pakistani Foreign Secretary condemned the

Arisha G May 30, 2014 01:25am

.....and it would certainly help 'society' if all of us who are against the diyat law many are commenting on here will actually go one step ahead and ..1)learn more about it and its implemntations per religion (properly might i add not hearsay) and 2)be willing to go out and educate the masses. again, another one of those cases where it is very easy to just sit in our air conditioned drawing rooms and vent out our frustration (which is correct in principle) and not realise that we are somehow all responsible for such acts.

-we can educate the ones who do not have the knowledge -we can take part in the electoral process, locally and on federal levels to make sure that proper individuals are elected to 'serve' the public -we can make sure that these elcted representatives are doing their part in eradicating this menace and making sure the guilty are hel accountable

are we?

Ajay vikram Singh May 30, 2014 01:45am

Destroy all these anti-female medieval practices and laws, and throw them away in the dustbin of history. Its sheer backwardness, and lunacy. There is no excuse for this.

All of us must be ashamed of our barbaric ways and systematic acceptance of these sub-human behavior.

Really Shameful! Its just too low! Protect our girls!

Aysha May 30, 2014 01:54am

@Hussain Counsel of Islamic Ideology is busy issueing fatwas to have child brides.

Mark Arvind May 30, 2014 02:19am

I don't mean to insult any culture but this guy murdered his wife and got away Scott free as his son forgave him? This is just not right in any civilized society. Pakistan has so many good things going but this is so medieval. Hopefully someday this practice will end.

Mike Ghaous May 30, 2014 02:20am

The killers know well , they will get away with this... welcome to stone age.....

independentthinker May 30, 2014 02:24am

@Amit When you are right, you can speak your mind on any topic! Having said that, I strongly believe not only the parents should be held responsible for this senseless murder, but also the husband. A 45 year old marrying a 25 year old, after killing his first wife - just doesn't add up!

Ravi Dallas TX May 30, 2014 02:35am

No words for this. In this time and how this can happen.

T. M. Reddy May 30, 2014 02:39am

So, in Pakistan laws the parents, money play more role for the murders of family members? The law appears so cute to circumvent murders.

Niaz Ali May 30, 2014 02:58am

@Amit . It's not a British matter. It's a matter concerning half of human population.

Khalid May 30, 2014 03:07am

Twisted minded people. Men can kill their wives and and use Islam to go scot free. This is an insult to Islam, insult to humans. We only use Islam to let murderers go without punished. There is nothing Islamic left in the national character of a person. Pakistan is the only country where everyone who has money knows they can kill without having to face any consequences. We have not only made a mockery of Islam but we are also be seen by everyone in the world as a nation who has no values left anymore. No wonder Prime Minister is only worried about buying BMWs.

Masood Haider May 30, 2014 03:10am

Amit, it is not any country's 'internal matter' when basic human rights are so brutally and savagely violated.

Nadeem May 30, 2014 03:25am

Did a woman ever kill her brother, in of Punjab or interior Sindh, who involved in a relationship other than his wife?

dhk May 30, 2014 03:35am

@Amit humanity knows no boundaries. If you don't want others to comment, then fix the system internally.

Joe FL May 30, 2014 03:43am


(Quoting you) "Who gave the british, the right to speak on Pakistani matters...."

Man, how you miss the point.

The most narrow-minded consider it only a family matter. The next narrow-minded consider it only a national matter. The next narrow-minded consider it only a matter of religious or cultural interpretation.

You should feel the savage violence, terror, pain and murder of a woman and unborn child she carries as one of the deepest crimes against humanity.

American May 30, 2014 04:10am

@Amit We live in a globalized society and all actions are monitored. Besides, if our own PM and other politicians can't see any wrong in the act then it is justifiable for other leaders to speak against it. I think there is nothing wrong with this.

S. A. M. May 30, 2014 04:11am

Husband killed his wife for getting his lady love. the son of the murdered woman forgave the murderer that is his father and then the father's beloved get killed by her own father and brother. Who is going to forgive the father that killed his daughter.

It shows someone is always there to forgive those that killed women from their household.

Those that kill women outside the household may either go into absconding or get released later for lack of evidence.

sab ek hi theli ke chatte batte hen.

It also shows how forgiving our society is what big hearts we have.

Another surprising thing is the pregnant woman who got killed by her father how come she fell in love with a murderer. If she had survived to see few more years she would probably have been killed by her own husband who may have fallen for yet another woman.

Ramesh Manghirmalani May 30, 2014 04:12am

He should be hanged

Jehan Mir,MD May 30, 2014 07:22am

This is lynching in cold blood. each and every attacker should be charged with murder.Till such cases are prosecuted to the fullest extext and guilry punished, there is not going to be any end to frenzied killings.

Jehan Mir,MD May 30, 2014 07:26am

There should not be any forgiveness of a murder by payment of blood money or anything. However, if there is anything which would mitigate against death penalty to prison term, it should be considered.

illawarrior May 30, 2014 07:36am

@Hussain Laws are made / changed by government, not by religious councils of ideology

brmurr May 30, 2014 07:39am

Shaking my head in disbelief. No words...

KRana May 30, 2014 07:50am

Strange law of blood money as nowadays money is becoming so important, one can pay money for others lives great deal.

brmurr May 30, 2014 07:52am

@Amit That is the same mentality that helps perpetuate this kind of sick behavior. Basic human rights are everyones business. We are all human, and we have every right to be disgusted by this behavior, and demand change. Step out of the dark ages please.

Malik Ajmal Khan May 30, 2014 07:59am

Improve human rights in Pakistan, please.

PKM May 30, 2014 08:26am

They are still living in 7th century.

Where are so called 'Mullahs' of this country? May 30, 2014 08:29am

Would Mullahs like to comment on this matter? Is it Islamic way of life?

Shahryar Shirazi May 30, 2014 10:11am


ashar May 30, 2014 10:13am

Unable to understand why our society become so intolerant?

But when I see American society, seems to me also broken and intolerant e.g. many shootings happens at Mall, Schools and other public places. Yesterday man charged to kill his wife to do not obey his orders for cook meat. Regardless of that particular family was Pakistani but they were in US for past 30 years.

Are we losing patience and becoming intolerant as a nation or whole world following us ? Big question

Ajay vikram Singh May 30, 2014 10:23am

@Amit - Humanity and Human rights are common matters of every human being. Plz stop insulting our intelligence with such comments.

Abdul Malik May 30, 2014 10:25am

Shabaz Sharif now should have the guts to resign for failing to control crime in his province. Shame on the CM and shame on the Punjab police for allowing such a gruesome barbaric brutality right in front of Lahore High Court in broad day light.

bkt May 30, 2014 11:12am

Curiouser and curiouser. Welcome to Wonderland!

bkt May 30, 2014 11:21am

@PKM ; 7th Century is too advanced. These people are living in prehistoric times, just when they first stepped out of their caves

Asim Munir May 30, 2014 11:36am

Thanks to international community for reminding us that it was a barbaric and heinous murder, otherwise, Punjab Government was sleeping and the Federal Government woke up on the call of international media.

Fahad S May 30, 2014 12:35pm

Every time I hear of such barbaric news I wonder this has to be the end what more abyss of barbarism is left. But the Pakistani nation keeps on surprising me by coming up with another disappointing story soon after. What next?

Somoto action May 30, 2014 01:48pm

@Kevin she was also murdered and waiting for justice. Also please remember that you guys label her champion of democracy and women improvement but So called british and western education could not change her. In her own village no new schools or colleges were built for women during her tenure and the honor killing is most rampant in her province Sind. Her party would have denounced her if she would have taken any step to stop it.

Mateen May 30, 2014 03:27pm

This may be a sick thing to say; Farzana Parveen was indeed an innocent victim but is it not ironic that he doesn't get to have his 2nd love after killing his first love by himself? Fate played a major joke on him.

Rest in Peace - Farzana baji

Mateen May 30, 2014 03:28pm

@AJamal - His soul is too busy getting tormented for what he did whilst in this world.

SMQ Zaman May 30, 2014 04:51pm

@Amit With due respect, but you don't seem to realise that we all, global humanity, have been living also under International Law and as member nations of the UN Charter since 1948!

Every Nation has a right to condemn this heinous act of barbarism against the perpetrators and for the British Government to put pressure on our PM to take notice and enhance law enforcement. The World is a 'global village' unless you're in a deep slumber or too young and inexperienced about the 'University of Life' to understand the implications of socio-political issues esp. the significance of this particular act of violence against an innocent woman (3 months' pregnant) in broad daylight before the Lahore High Court on the famous and busy Mall Road and in front of the law enforcement agencies!

shamsher May 30, 2014 06:01pm

@Joe Highlander First of all there is always "So Wrong" with crime whether it in the US, Britain or anywhere else in the world. Secondly crime is committed everywhere in the world. We in Pakistan also are concerned about it. Thank you very much for your concern as a human being. What makes things different when at the Govt. level people make statements and at the same time they keep quiet when something is happening in their own backyard. It would have been fine had the killings been politically motivated. The fact of the reality is, almost all the culprits have so far been apprehended and will soon be produced in the court of law. Now this is for you to understand : Raise your voice for bringing Tony Blair to justice for he is directly involved in killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi people. What have been done so far???

syed hassan haseeb Jun 01, 2014 01:34pm

what ever England says what ever usa and the world says . the crime friendly police will prepare the case in a way that all the accused will go free due to lack of evidence.