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Farzana Parveen, 25, was attacked by 20 members of her family who had demanded the money from her husband, the man she loved.
The family of a woman stoned to death for marrying the man she loved demanded £1,000 to let her live, her grieving husband revealed today.
Mohammad Iqbal said he couldn’t afford the price tag placed on his wife by her father and brothers.
He was forced to watch as she was murdered on the steps of a Pakistani court as they tried to register their marriage.
Foreign Secretary William Hague today led worldwide condemnation of the barbaric killing.
He said he was shocked by “the appalling manner of her death and the unspeakable cruelty and injustice of murdering a woman for exercising her right to choose who to love and marry”.
He added: “There is absolutely no honour in honour killings and I urge the government of Pakistan to eradicate this barbaric practice.
“I call on the Pakistani authorities to investigate this atrocious murder fully and bring those responsible to justice.
“And I hope this will spark a wider debate about how to confront and end the intolerable culture of violence against women in many parts of the world.”
Howling relatives battered three-months-pregnant Farzana Parveen with batons and bricks as she and Mohammad arrived at the court in Lahore.
One threw a cloth noose around the 25-year-old’s neck as her brothers smashed bricks into her skull.
Mohammad, 45, said police looked on as he cried for help.
He added: “One of my relatives stripped naked to try to get police attention, but they didn’t intervene.
“They watched Farzana being killed and did nothing.
“A young woman from my wife’s family was slapping her, as others beat me.
“I tried to save my wife’s life, but I failed.”
Widower Mohammad had arranged to marry Farzana and gave her family £800 and jewellery. But after the bride’s mother died in December, her father and brothers decided she should marry a cousin instead.
In January the couple eloped and wed in secret.
Mohammad said: “My wife was beautiful and a good wife. We were happy.”
Tonight Farzana’s father was under arrest but insisting the murder was “an honour killing”. Police said they were carrying out raids near the family’s Punjab village to find other attackers.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said 869 women died last year in “honour killings”.