The husband of a pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family for marrying him has been giving his account of what happened.
Farzana Parveen Iqbal was allegedly attacked for not marrying a cousin who had been selected for her.
Her husband, Mohammed, claims police did nothing during the 15 minutes the violence lasted outside Lahore High Court.
“We were going to court for the hearing of our case and they (Farzana Parveen’s family) were hiding behind vehicles. When we tried to pass them, they suddenly attacked us. At first, they opened fire and afterwards picked up bricks to throw at us. The bricks fell all around us and hit me and my wife,” he said.
Iqbal has told Pakistani media that he and his wife went to court to contest a criminal complaint filed against him by his father-in-law, who accused him of abducting his daughter.
Meanwhile the investigation has revealed that Iqbal had earlier killed his first wife, Ayesha Bibi and was freed on bail in 2009.
Police reportedly dropped the case after a family member forgave him.
In parts of Pakistan, a largely Muslim nation of 180 million people, women are expected to agree to arranged marriages. Refusal can result in an “honour killing”.
Many Pakistani families think it dishonourable for a woman to fall in love and choose her own husband.