Police investigating the murder of a pregnant woman bludgeoned to death outside a court have arrested four men, including her uncle and two cousins, a senior officer said on Friday.
Farzana Iqbal was killed on Tuesday outside the Lahore High Court by over two-dozen attackers armed with bricks, including numerous relatives, for marrying against her family’s wishes. Police were apparently at the scene, but did not intervene.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday told Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who is his brother, to take immediate action on the case.
“Special investigation teams set up by police on the directive of the chief minister arrested four more people including an uncle and two cousins of the slain woman and a driver on Thursday night,” said senior police official Zulfiqar Hameed on Friday. The new arrests bring the number held over the killing to five, after Farzana’s father was detained at the scene of the attack.
Shahbaz Sharif has ordered police to round up all those involved within 24 hours. He has also directed that the case should be heard in an anti-terrorism court. This should mean it moves more quickly than in a regular court.
The Supreme Court has demanded a police report on the incident within 48 hours.