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Husband of Pakistani woman who was stoned to death admits to killing his first wife

People around the world were shocked by the news that Farzana Parveen had been beaten to death with bricks by family members angered by her marriage choice. Now it has emerged that her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, killed his first wife. He reportedly strangled her death. And, he did it in order to be with Ms. Parveen....
People around the world were shocked by the news that Farzana Parveen had been beaten to death with bricks by family members angered by her marriage choice. Now it has emerged that her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, killed his first wife. He reportedly strangled her death. And, he did it in order to be with Ms. Parveen.
Samar Minallah, a documentary filmmaker in Pakistan, tells guest host Laura Lynch that Mr. Iqbal has shown no remorse for killing his first wife.

"He knows that he can get away with his crime and that is why he does not feel he has committed a crime."

Ms. Minallah says that until the laws in Pakistan are changed so that family members cannot forgive a woman's murder, nothing will change. That is what happened in Mr. Iqbal's case -- and in about one thousand other cases last year.

"A woman needs to be recognized as a human being, not just as a tool that could be bartered or murdered in the name of honour," she says.

Click "Listen" to hear to Samar Minallah's interview with Laura Lynch.

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