Pakistan's Stoning Love Story is Why it's the Worst Place on Earth

"I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife."


The story of Farzana Parveen has made headlines around the world, but there is no part of the story that doesn't show how completely and incomprehensibly awful Pakistani culture.

When nihilistic writers tried to depict the futility of life and the absurdity of holding to any moral code, they invented incidents like this. But under Islam, you don't have to invent it. It's there as an ordinary way of life.

Where do you even begin? How about with the stoning...

Parveen's killing is all the more shocking because it was so public.

She was beaten to death with bricks close to the high court in the eastern city of Lahore by a group of about 20 people, including her brothers, father and cousin, police said.

One family member made a noose of rough cloth around her neck while her brothers smashed bricks into her skull, said Mushtaq Ahmed, a police official, citing the preliminary report into the killing. She was three months pregnant, he said.

Don't worry, CNN has a disclaimer. It has nothing to do with Islam.

But the story gets worse. This is why they beat her to death. Over $1000.

Iqbal, a neighbor of Parveen's family, said he and Parveen were supposed to marry, with the family's approval, last year. As part of the arrangement, Iqbal said, he'd given Parveen's father 80,000 rupees and gold jewelry.

Last December, Parveen's mother died and her father and brothers changed their minds about the marriage, Iqbal said.

The family decided Parveen, who came from a village in Punjab, should marry a cousin, police said.

Parveen, 25, and Iqbal eloped and were married January 7 in a court ceremony. The marriage enraged her family, Iqbal said, and they demanded he pay them 100,000 rupees (about $1,000) to let the couple stay alive.

But since this is Pakistan, the story manages to get even worse.

The husband of Farzana Parveen, the Pakistani woman stoned to death for refusing to participate in an arranged marriage, told CNN he killed his first wife so he could marry Parveen.

Authorities said the first wife was killed six years ago.

"I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife," Mohammad Iqbal said Thursday in an interview with CNN.

Iqbal was arrested but later released on bail because his son forgave him, Hameed said.

Under an Islamic element of Pakistani law, known as the law of Diyat, the family of a victim is allowed to forgive the perpetrator, according to the human rights commission's report.

Pakistan is where good intentions, decency and any shred of humanity go to die.

Oh and don't worry, it has nothing to do with Islam. Just ask Mohammed.