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Pakistan Mom Arrested After New Bride Found Burned, Strangled

A mom has been arrested after her newly married daughter was burned and fatally strangled in Pakistan's second-largest city, police said Wednesday.

Zeenat Bibi's husband Mohammad Hassan told journalists that the couple had eloped on May 29. She had not received her parents' blessing beforehand.

Bibi was taken by her family from the couple's home in Lahore on June 3, he said.

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"She didn't want to go. She was afraid," Hassan said. "But her uncle convinced her and me ... that it's the local family tradition for the bride to visit her home after the wedding, and so he took her."

At first the two stayed in touch with Bibi texting her husband on her cellphone. After three days she fell out of contact.

On Wednesday morning, her body was found in her family's dwelling, Assistant Superintendent of Police Zeeshan Khan said at a press conference.

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Investigators were looking into the possibility that other relatives were involved in Bibi's death.

The region's Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordered for speedy probe into the killing, his office said in a written statement. Shahbaz's government recently supported legislation aimed at protecting women in the Islamic republic.

More than 1,000 so-called "honor killings" were carried out in Pakistan last year — a practice where women are murdered by their own relatives if they are seen as bringing "dishonor" on their families.