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Husband of bludgeoned Pakistani woman 'strangled first wife'

The husband of a pregnant Pakistan woman bludgeoned to death has admitted that he strangled his first wife.

Ms Farzana Parveen was murdered on Tuesday outside the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against her family’s wishes – while police stood by.

In a startling twist, Ms Parveen’s husband Mohammad Iqbal, 45, admitted to AFP on Thursday that he had killed his first wife.

He was spared prison because he was forgiven for the act by his son.

“I was in love with Farzana and killed my first wife because of this love,” Mr Iqbal said, adding that he had strangled her.

After admitting to the murder he switched off his phone and did not respond to further calls.

The brazen, brutal nature of the killing, in broad daylight in the centre of Pakistan’s second largest city, has triggered outrage around the world.