4 arrested over Lahore woman murder
LAHORE: Police on Friday claimed to have arrested four accused involved in brutal killing of a woman in the premises of High Court in Lahore, SAMAA reported Friday.
Uncle, driver and two cousins of the victim, Farzana Iqbal, have been arrested and an initial report has been sent to Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, according to DIG Investigation Zulfiqar Hameed.
On Tuesday, the 25-year-old pregnant woman was murdered by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, in broad daylight in Lahore for marrying against the consent of her family.
The lady from Nankana Sahib town of Punjab got married with Muhammad Iqbal against her family’s wishes.
The family got registered a kidnapping case against her husband but Farzana had filed a petition before the LHC to get the case quashed.
The matter was fixed before a single bench on Tuesday and Farzana was set to record her statement in favour of her husband.
On the day of incident, Farzana, her husband and in-laws, left the office of her counsel at Fane Road for appearing before the court.
The alleged killers – the woman’s father Azeem, brothers Zahid and Ghulam Ali and other family members, intercepted her and started beating her with bricks.
Eyewitnesses said Farzana was crying for help but no one came forward to rescue her.
The woman suffered serious head injuries and died on the spot whereas her husband and in-laws also got injuries. All the assailants managed to escape.
Mozang police took Farzana’s body to the city morgue and got the injured medically examined. Police told media that a case had been registered against six suspects on the complaint of the woman’s husband.
They said a raiding team had been sent to Nankana Sahib to arrest the culprits.
The gory incident prompted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Lahore High Court (LHC) to take notice. The PM directed the CM to take immediate action and submit the report to his office by Thursday evening.
Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jillani, also took notice of the incident, seeking report from IG Punjab Police within 48 hours.
On the other hand, the United States also condemned the heinous killing, and called for her murderers to be swiftly tried.
“We strongly condemn the murder of a woman…. We hope the perpetrators are quickly brought to justice in accordance with Pakistan’s law,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.