Muhammad Iqbal, whose wife Farzana was bludgeoned to death by family members who disapproved of their marriage, fondly recalls the woman he fell in love with at first sight - but in Pakistan, nothing is ever that simple, not even love.
Farzana Iqbal (nee Parveen), 25, was murdered by a group of assailants including her father on May 27, witnesses and police said, because she fell in love with and married Muhammed Iqbal in January instead of a cousin they had selected for her.
“She was a very happy person. And she was the best wife anyone could ask for,” said Iqbal, 45, in his mud-brick home in the village of Moza Sial in central Pakistan, 240km west of Lahore. “She never lied. She never broke her promises. That’s what I loved and respected the most about her. She never let me down. But I let her down. It was my duty to save her and I let her down,” the widower lamented.