Thursday, May 29, 2014
The macabre story of the pregnant woman who was stoned to death by her own family in Pakistan just got far more twisted: Mohammad Iqbal has revealed that he murdered his first wife so he could wed Farzana Parveen
Officials confirm that his first wife was indeed killed, some six years ago; she was strangled. Iqbal's 20-something son went to police after the killing, and Iqbal spent a number of weeks on the run before being arrested. The son says that his father served a year in jail; police say that he was freed after reaching a "compromise" with his family as allowed by Pakistani law. Iqbal says, "I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana so I killed my wife." The timeline of the events remains a bit murky in terms of when Iqbal met Parveen, with some reports saying that the two were engaged for nearly two years before marrying in January 2014. Iqbal says that the woman's mother died in December 2013, and that her father and brothers then changed their minds about the agreed-upon marriage, preferring that she wed a cousin instead. The two opted to elope on January 7, 2014 and her furious family demanded more money on top of what Iqbal had initially paid in exchange for their lives. Iqbal says that his refusal to pay led to an abduction charge against him, and Parveen was planning to testify when she was attacked outside the court. According to a preliminary police report, her own brothers bashed her head with bricks.