Leading British public figures have condemned the horrific murder of a pregnant Pakistani woman who was stoned to death outside a Lahore courthouse because she married the man she loved.
Images of Farzana Iqbal, 25, being shot and then surrounded by a mob including her own family members who hurled stones at her sent shock waves around the world.
British Pakistani Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice without delay, condemning the attack as "abhorrent" and "appalling".
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, called the incident a “revolting lynching”.
“I was utterly horrified and every Pakistani I have spoken to is utterly horrified”, Reverend Welby added.
Farzana had been three months pregnant at the time of her killing and had been targeted for going against her family's wishes and marrying the man she loved.
Her husband Mohammed Iqbal told reporters that police officers and lawyers stood by and watched as his wife was killed.
Farzana died outside the Lahore High Court where Mr Iqbal was being questioned after accusations from Farzana family that he had kidnapped and forced her to marry him.
The attackers pounced on her when she turned up at court to defend her husband.
Mr Iqbal said the couple had survived a previous attack during the first hearing of the case earlier this month.
Farzana’s father, Mohammad Azeem, is reported to have said that he "did not regret" killing his daughter because she had "insulted all of our family" by marrying a man without his consent.
Police have charged Azeem with murder and are said to be looking for the other attackers.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS