Pakistan stoning death: Husband strangled first wife

PAKISTAN'S prime minister has demanded "immediate action" over the murder of a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death outside a courthouse, as her husband revealed in a grisly twist that he strangled his first wife.

Farzana Parveen was murdered on Tuesday outside the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against her family's wishes - while police stood by.

The brazen, brutal nature of the killing, in broad daylight in the centre of Pakistan's second largest city, has triggered outrage around the world.

The attack also casts a spotlight on the country's controversial blood-money laws which allow relatives of homicide victims to forgive their perpetrators - who in cases such as this are often also family members.


In a startling twist, Parveen's husband Mohammad Iqbal, 45, admitted on Thursday that he had killed his first wife - and was spared prison because he was forgiven for the act by his son.

"I was in love with Farzana and killed my first wife because of this love," Iqbal told AFP, adding that he had strangled her.

After admitting to the murder he switched off his phone and did not respond to further calls.

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