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Husband describes grief after 'loving, beautiful and brave' wife stoned to death in Pakistan

Farzana Parveen was killed by her family in a so called 'honour killing'. Photo: ITV News

The husband of a woman stoned to death by her family in Pakistan earlier this week has told ITV News he is close to suicide since her death but determined to seek justice.

In an exclusive interview with ITV News Mohammad Iqbal described the final moments of his wife, Farzana Parveen.

Mohammad Iqbal told ITV News he is bereft without his wife, but determined to get justice. Credit: ITV News

The pair had been engaged for years against the wishes of her family. 25-year-old Parveen was attacked along with her husband with sticks, bricks and a gun, Mr Iqbal said, because he refused to pay them one thousand rupees.

He says he has appealed to the High Court as he wants the abduction case against him, which Farzana had contested when she was alive, dropped and her family to be punished.

We were appearing before the court to pursue the case. They [the family] were cruel only for the sake of money: They were demanding one hundred thousand rupee from me. I refused to pay the money and that’s why they killed her. I am hopeful for justice.

Describing his wife as "loving, caring, beautiful and brave", he said the attack caught them completely off guard whilst they were in court to contest the abduction claim.

Read: Couple contested 'abduction case' before her murder

Describing the furious fight the pair put up against their attackers, Mr Iqbal said his young wife died of a fatal blow to the head with a brick.

Mobile phone footage taken at the scene moments later shows one of the bricks used in the attack beside her bloodied, concealed head.

A warning that this report from Paul Davies contains distressing images.

Speaking to ITV News, Mr Iqbal said:

This was the third hearing. Farzana was sitting in the lawyer's chamber, and we were walking towards the court to appear before the judge.

On the way her family members were hiding somewhere and suddenly they appeared in front of us. They open fire and hit her leg.

We snatched the pistol from them, and the magazine fell out. They then took bricks and started hitting her with them.

A woman put her shawl over her, and they each took turns to hit the both of us with bricks.

One of the bricks struck her a deadly blow, and she died on the spot.

Police officials said Farzana's father surrendered after the incident and called it an "honour killing". Her brothers and former fiance were among the attackers outside the court, police said.

Mr Iqbal said the police did nothing when he tried to alert them, and accused his wife's family of killing his wife's sister in a similar way five years ago.

Mr Iqbal told ITV News this is not the first time his wife's family have killed one of their own in a so called 'honour killing'. Credit: APTN

So called "honour killings" claim the lives of an estimated 1,000 women in Pakistan every year, according to Pakistani rights group the Aurat Foundation, however other say this estimate is only fractional.

Mr Iqbal confirmed his wife was pregnant with their child when she was murdered.

He told ITV News:

My wife was pregnant for three-four months. It was totally unfair with her. No body helped her and she died. [...]

If the court can't provide justice then I will be forced to leave the country, and commit suicide.

If people are supposed to kill us then its better to be killed by ourselves.