Journey to provide justice to Farzana continues


An Anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday indicted five men, including the father and two brothers, for the brutal murder of Farzana Parveen who was bludgeoned to death for marrying against their wishes, Pakistan Today has learnt.

Parveen was battered to death outside the Lahore High Court in May by more than two dozen attackers armed with bricks, including numerous relatives.

“The court has indicted the father, two brothers, one cousin and ex-husband of the victim for murder, torture and terrorism,” Investigating Officer Mian Zulfiqar said. Witnesses have been called to record their statements before the court on Monday, he added.

The killing sparked outrage because of its brazen and brutal nature and claims that police did nothing to save Parveen, who was three months’ pregnant.

Human rights organisations branded the incident ‘heinous’ and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demanded immediate action to catch the killers.

Husband of the murdered woman, Mohammad Iqbal admitted he had strangled his first wife out of love for Parveen. He was spared jail for his first wife’s murder because his sons persuaded her family to pardon him under the blood-money laws.


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