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Pakistan arrests four suspects in woman's stoning

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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jwells1008 May 30 2014 at 2:23 PM

They are all crazy.

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bobnorona May 30 2014 at 2:24 PM

And we are allowing these animals into our country...very wrong...they should stay in the **** hole they came from...I have been to Kirgizstan and Uzbekistan...and they are the ******* of the world...

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allstarcaps May 30 2014 at 2:06 PM

We are the world, we are the children....

It takes a Village.....

We are on the threshold of a New World Order.....

One world, one people.....

No Thanks!

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cpruitt221 May 30 2014 at 2:11 PM

So it seems that this man whose wife was killed, killed his first wife for some transgression and was "forgiven" by the family and set free. He then married again, his wife was pregnant and now she has been killed under the same "HONOR KILLING". You have to wonder why this is allowed to go on in the 21st century, even in the third world.It is a travesty that women are treated as chatel and not has human beings.

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mel007chgo May 30 2014 at 2:21 PM

Need more Islam in America. Right?

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napa422 May 30 2014 at 2:16 PM


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Glenn May 30 2014 at 2:15 PM

Thats the muslum faith for ya BABY..We need more in THIS country.DONT WE???

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abudotcom May 30 2014 at 2:21 PM

YES Sir, please do this world a favor….. but before u take ur own, make sure u do to the others, as they did to your unborn child and wife….

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gghinmass May 30 2014 at 2:21 PM

To kill somebody unless it's self defense, is the worse thing you can do in the Eyes of The Lord.

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backes624 May 30 2014 at 2:06 PM

A people and religion to admire !

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