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Death to love: The dark tale behind Farzana's 'honour killing' in Pakistan

Devoted: Muhammad Iqbal and a photo of his late wife, Farzana. “It was my duty to save her and I let her down.”

The dark tale of love, betrayal and murder has stunned people around the world, with the United Nations condemning Farzana’s killing and a major international newspaper running a Reuters photograph of the grisly aftermath of the attack on its front page.

In Pakistan, a Muslim country of some 180 million people, the reaction has been more muted. Many conservative families consider it shameful for a woman to fall in love and choose her own husband. Refusal to accept arranged marriages frequently results in so-called ‘…
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