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Women mourn over the body of Farzana Parveen in an ambulance outside of a morgue in Lahore. — Photo by Reuters
Women mourn over the body of Farzana Parveen in an ambulance outside of a morgue in Lahore. — Photo by Reuters

LAHORE: In a major breakthrough in the Farzana murder case, the former husband and brother of the bludgeoned woman were arrested on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

Today’s arrest has taken the toll of detained persons to 12.

Earlier, police had registered a case against 28 persons, including the victim’s family members, on an application filed by her husband. A team was also constituted to investigate the murder which has made 12 arrests so far.

The arrested persons include the victim’s father, former husband, a brother, an uncle, two cousins and some relatives.

Meanwhile, investigation is still underway to arrest the remaining suspects nominated in the murder.

Farzana Parveen was murdered on May 27 outside the Lahore High Court in a so-called honour killing by more than two dozen attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against her family's wishes.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had demanded “immediate action” over the brutal murder

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

Comments (10) Closed

Hamid Imran Jun 04, 2014 01:50pm

Dear Dawn.

With due respect to this case, why equal importance is not given to another case wherein a police officer was killed alongwith his family in the name of honour. What made it worse that innocent children of age 3 and 1.5 years were killed with their parents. How can those killers be called human beings. They did not show any mercy, at all?

Harmony Jun 04, 2014 02:03pm

Another twist...hope they unravel the mystery and the real killers get what they deserve.

kdspirited Jun 04, 2014 02:24pm

Justice delayed is justice denied

Ramesh Manghirmalani Jun 04, 2014 04:08pm

@Hamid Imran so what ??

Yawar Jun 04, 2014 04:28pm

Please, no pardon or blood money. The only way to stop future honor killings is if each and every one of Farzana's killers suffer's the same fate as her.

N Sidd Jun 04, 2014 04:40pm

Apathy for every one involved. So is Pakistan.

M. Siddique Jun 04, 2014 05:03pm

@kdspirited, what delay? Do you want summary killings of accused?

Shakeel Ahmad Jun 04, 2014 10:30pm

@Hamid Imran , when you corner a mullah, they tend to start talking about irrelevant things. Lets deal with one case first. Make an example out of that. If you are worried about other such cases, it is your civic and religious duty to bring that up and fight for it.

AJamal Jun 04, 2014 11:28pm

Things will cool down soon. Killers will go scot free as in the past. We are best at forgetting most heinous acts quickly.

independentthinker Jun 05, 2014 01:30am

@Hamid Imran Don't you think something is better then nothing? I mean it is better for one person to get justice, then no one to get it! What is puzzling me is - they are saying "former" husband! Was Farzana married before and this man, Iqbal, was her second husband or because she is dead, Iqbal becomes her former husband? This is a bizarre story!