LAHORE: Pakistani police have arrested two brothers who participated in a mob attack during which their sister was stoned to death with bricks for marrying against the family’s wishes, a police spokesman said yesterday.
Nayab Haider said the two men, Ghulam Ali and Zahid Ali, were arrested from a home in the eastern Punjab province following an intensive manhunt. Police arrested a third man for taking part in the assault, who claimed the woman, 25-year-old Farzana Parveen, was married to him at the time she wed against her family’s wishes.
If true, it would add yet another twist to the increasingly bizarre story. Authorities said last week that the woman’s husband, Mohammad Iqbal, was accused of killing his first wife in 2009, but that the case was dropped after he was forgiven by the woman’s family.
Parveen was killed May 27 before a crowd of onlookers near a downtown courthouse in the eastern city of Lahore. Authorities arrested the woman’s father after the attack, and four other people were arrested last Friday.
Rizvi said a total of eight people were now in police custody, including the woman’s father, two brothers, two cousins, an uncle, a driver, and the man who claims he was married to Parveen. “Senior and experienced police investigators are questioning the arrested persons. We will soon determine who hit the woman in the head with bricks,” he said.