LAHORE Pakistan — The family of a pregnant Pakistani woman who was bludgeoned to death in broad daylight this week accused her husband of killing her, in stark contrast to his version of a story that has shocked people around the world.
Police and witnesses said Farzana Iqbal, 25, was murdered by assailants including her own father outside a court building on Tuesday because she had married a man of her own choosing, Muhammed Iqbal, instead of a cousin they had selected for her.
But on Saturday, Farzana's elder sister said it was Iqbal who had killed her.
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Police collect evidence near the body of Farzana Iqbal near the Lahore High Court building on May 27, 2014. Iqbal, 25, was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan's top courts on Tuesday in a so-called 'honor' killing for marrying the man she loved, police said.
“Muhammed Iqbal and his accomplices killed Farzana, and her father and the rest of her family were wrongly accused of murder,” Khalida Bibi told reporters in the city of Lahore.
“I was present at the scene and when she came out of the lawyer’s chamber and as soon as she saw us standing on the other side of the road, she rushed towards us. Iqbal and his accomplices chased her and hit her with bricks.”
Iqbal says they married for love in January. On Friday, he told Reuters that he and his wife were attacked by her family outside the High Court in Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital.
In a dark twist, Iqbal has also admitted that he had killed his first wife in a dispute over Farzana in 2009.
Police have arrested five people in the death of Farzana, including her father.
First published May 31 2014, 8:54 AM