Pakistan PM: Killers of stoned woman will be punished

Four more suspects, including the women's uncle and two cousins, were arrested following the earlier arrest of her father.

Pakistan PM: Killers of stoned woman will be punished

World Bulletin / News Desk

Responding to the growing global outcry over the public killing of a woman, by her family, for refusing an arranged marriage, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered authorities to punish those responsible on Thursday.

Sharif ordered authorities to "act over the brutal killing" of Farzana Parveen, the pregnant woman who was stoned outside the Lahore High Court, in Pakistan's northeast, in broad daylight on Tuesday. "These kind of brutal acts are unacceptable in Pakistani society," he said.

Four more suspects, including the women's uncle and two cousins, were arrested following the earlier arrest of her father.

Parveen's husband, who was also injured in the attack, had killed his first wife six years ago but was spared his prison term. His son, who had brought the case, forgave him under the country's controversial blood-money law which allows for compensation to resolve a case.

Sharif directed northeastern state Punjab's chief minister -- his brother -- Shahbaz Sharif to spare no effort in bringing the culprits to justice.

The Punjab government has already announced the trial of the accused under special anti-terrorist law. The incident-though not rare- virtually shocked the international community demanding adequate legislation to protect women's rights. 

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