Farzana Iqbal killing: Main accused sent on seven-day physical remand

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 12:22:57 by

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court on Saturday sent the main accused in the alleged honour killing of a 25-year-old woman on a seven-day physical remand, Express News reported.

The main accused in the case is the victim Farzana Iqbal’s father.

Farzana Iqbal, was allegedly stoned to death by her father and two brothers in an apparent ‘honour killing’ outside the LHC on May 27 after she married a man of her choice. She was present at the LHC to record a statement in favour of her husband, accused of kidnapping her and forcing her into marriage.

Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on May 30 had taken suo motu notice of the alleged honour killing and had sought a report into the matter from the Punjab police chief within 48 hours. The top judge had also requested that the killers be brought to justice and any police officers present at the scene of the crime be punished for aiding and abetting the crime through their inaction.

Four men, including Farzana’s uncle Muhammad Atta, cousins Jehangir Ahmad and Muhamad Azeem, and a driver, Muhammad Nasir, were arrested on May 30, a senior police officer had said. The new arrests brought the number held over the killing to five, after Farzana’s father was detained at the crime scene.

Cases have been registered against these suspects under Sections 302, 148, 149 of the PPC and 7-ATA.

On May 29, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the murder and directed the Punjab chief minister to submit an immediate report into the incident. The chief minister had ordered the Punjab police inspector to register a case under anti-terrorism laws.

Hours after PM Nawaz had ordered immediate action, Punjab police scotched reports that law enforcers were present at the scene of the crime.

An initial investigation report filed to Shahbaz had stated that the scene of the crime was not in front of the court but “several hundred feet away from the LHC doors” where “there is no police deployment”.

Lahore News Sources -2

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