Pakistan arrests four suspects in woman's stoning

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Pakistan arrests four suspects in woman's stoning
In this photograph taken on May 27, 2014 Pakistani relatives transport the body of a pregnant woman who was beaten to death with bricks by members of her own family for marrying a man of her own choice in Lahore. The husband of a pregnant Pakistani woman who was beaten to death outside Lahore's High Court for marrying against her family's wishes vowed to fight for justice. Farzana Parveen, 25, was attacked outside Lahore's grand high court building by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers including her brother and father, who has been arrested, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on May 27, 2014 Pakistani relatives transport the body of a pregnant woman who was beaten to death with bricks by members of her own family for marrying a man of her own choice in Lahore. The husband of a pregnant Pakistani woman who was beaten to death outside Lahore's High Court for marrying against her family's wishes vowed to fight for justice. Farzana Parveen, 25, was attacked outside Lahore's grand high court building by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers including her brother and father, who has been arrested, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani human rights activists hold placards as they chant slogans during a protest in Islamabad on May 29, 2014 against the killing of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen was beaten to death with bricks by members of her own family for marrying a man of her own choice in Lahore. Pakistan's prime minister demanded 'immediate action' over the brutal murder of a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death with bricks outside a courthouse while police stood by. Farzana Parveen was attacked on May 27 outside the High Court building in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against the wishes of her family. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani human rights activists hold placards during a protest in Islamabad on May 29, 2014 against the killing of a pregnant woman Farzana Parveen was beaten to death with bricks by members of her own family for marrying a man of her own choice in Lahore. Pakistan's prime minister demanded 'immediate action' over the brutal murder of a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death with bricks outside a courthouse while police stood by. Farzana Parveen was attacked on May 27 outside the High Court building in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against the wishes of her family. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani human rights activists hold placards as they chant slogans during a protest in Islamabad on May 29, 2014 against the killing of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen was beaten to death with bricks by members of her own family for marrying a man of her own choice in Lahore. Pakistan's prime minister demanded 'immediate action' over the brutal murder of a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death with bricks outside a courthouse while police stood by. Farzana Parveen was attacked on May 27 outside the High Court building in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against the wishes of her family. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani human rights activists hold placards during a protest in Islamabad on May 29, 2014 against the killing of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen was beaten to death with bricks by members of her own family for marrying a man of her own choice in Lahore. Pakistan's prime minister demanded 'immediate action' over the brutal murder of a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death with bricks outside a courthouse while police stood by. Farzana Parveen was attacked on May 27 outside the High Court building in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against the wishes of her family. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani human rights activists hold placards as they chant slogans during a protest in Islamabad on May 29, 2014 against the killing of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen was beaten to death with bricks by members of her own family for marrying a man of her own choice in Lahore. Pakistan's prime minister demanded 'immediate action' over the brutal murder of a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death with bricks outside a courthouse while police stood by. Farzana Parveen was attacked on May 27 outside the High Court building in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against the wishes of her family. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani human rights activists hold placards as they chant slogans during a protest in Islamabad on May 29, 2014 against the killing of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen was beaten to death with bricks by members of her own family for marrying a man of her own choice in Lahore. Pakistan's prime minister demanded 'immediate action' over the brutal murder of a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death with bricks outside a courthouse while police stood by. Farzana Parveen was attacked on May 27 outside the High Court building in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against the wishes of her family. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani bystanders look at the site where a pregnant woman was beaten to death with bricks by members of her own family for marrying a man of her own choice, in Lahore on May 29, 2014. Pakistan's prime minister demanded 'immediate action' over the brutal murder of a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death with bricks outside a courthouse while police stood by. Farzana Parveen was attacked on May 27 outside the High Court building in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against the wishes of her family. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Mohammad Iqbal, right, husband of Farzana Parveen, 25, sits in an ambulance next to the body of his pregnant wife who was stoned to death by her own family, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
A family member of a pregnant woman who was stoned to death by her own family wails over her dead body in an ambulance at a local hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Mustafa Kharal, lawyer of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death, shows her marriage certificate in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Mustafa Kharal, lawyer of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death, shows the area where she was killed in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
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ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani police said Friday that they have arrested four more people in connection with the killing of a pregnant woman who was beaten and stoned to death by her family for marrying without their permission.

The police arrested the four men late Thursday from their village in the Nankana district, said Nayab Haider Rizvi, the police spokesman in Lahore.

Police have already arrested the woman's father and say he has confessed to the killing. They are looking for two of her brothers.

The 25 year old was on her way to court with her husband on Tuesday when they were attacked by a group of her relatives who objected to her marriage. During the assault she was hit on the head with bricks from a nearby construction site and died.

The shocking case has focused attention on violence against women in Pakistan as well as the country's legal system.

Hundreds of women in conservative, Muslim-majority Pakistan are murdered each year in so-called "honor killings" by their husbands or male relatives over alleged sexual transgressions seen as bringing shame to the family. Activists say those who commit such crimes are often acquitted or given light sentences.

In a strange twist, authorities said Thursday that the woman's husband, Mohammad Iqbal, was accused of killing his first wife in 2009. But authorities and the man's relatives said the case was dropped after he was forgiven by the woman's family.

Under Pakistani law, those charged with a slaying can see their criminal case dropped if family members of the deceased forgive them or accept so-called "blood money."

On Friday Iqbal threatened to commit suicide if the killers of his second wife are not brought to justice.

"I have said to reporters that if I don't get justice for the murder of my unborn child and wife, I will do self-immolation at the very same place where my wife was killed and will go from this world," he told AP Television News.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the fatal stoning and demanded authorities take action to find all the culprits.
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