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Couple contested 'abduction case' before her murder

A woman in Lahore, who was stoned to death outside of a court in a so-called "honour" killing, contested an abduction case brought against her husband before her death.

Her lawyer Mustafa Kharal said her father had filed the case against her husband specifically, because he was not chosen by the family to marry.

Arranged marriages are the norm among conservative Pakistanis, who view marriage for love as a transgression.

Husband Mohammad Iqbal sits next to his wife's body, who was allegedly killed by family members. Credit: REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Her father, two brothers and former fiance were among the attackers outside the court, police said.

Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital.

Around 1,000 Pakistani women are killed every year by their families in honour killings, according to Pakistani rights group the Aurat Foundation.

Domestic violence guidelines on honour killings

Nineteen-year-old Banaz Mahmod's father and uncle were jailed for life in 2007 for their roles in her honour killing.

Advice on honour killings features in guidelines designed to tackle domestic violence, released today by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

The draft recommendations aim to give healthcare workers a clearer idea of how to confront domestic violence.

Sister due to give evidence in Shafilea Ahmed case

Shafilea's dismembered body was found on the banks of the River Kent in 2004. Credit: Police handout

The younger sister of Shafilea Ahmed is due to give evidence against her parents who are accusing of killing her.

Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed, are charged with murdering their 17-year-old daughter in a suspected honour killing.

Farzana and Iftikhar Ahmed, are accused of murdering their daughter Shafilea Ahmed, Credit: Reuters

Shafilea's dismembered body was found on the banks of the River Kent in 2004.

Ahmed, 52, and his 49-year-old wife, deny murdering her.