The husband of a pregnant Pakistani woman who was stoned to death by her family has reportedly admitted to strangling his first wife. Mohammad Iqbal, 45, told news agency AFP he murdered his first wife so he could marry 25-year-old Farzana Iqbal, who was bludgeoned to death outside a courthouse for her choice of husband.
“I was in love with Farzana and killed my first wife because of this love,” he said. Iqbal said he had been spared prison after his son forgave him for the killing – under the same controversial “blood money” laws that could see Farzana’s killers ultimately go unpunished. According to AFP, Mr Iqbal then switched off his phone and has not responded to subsequent calls.
However a senior police officer investigating Farzana Iqbal’s killing has verified his claims. “Iqbal was a notorious character and he had murdered his first wife six years ago,” Zulfiqar Hameed said.