Honour killing survivor seeks protection

LAHORE: A Pakistani woman who survived an attack by relatives who tried to kill her for marrying for love said yesterday that she feared for her life and appealed for protection.

Saba Maqsood survived being shot and thrown in a canal by her family on Thursday, weeks after the “honour killing” of another woman in Pakistan drew worldwide condemnation.

Maqsood angered her family by marrying the man of her choice a few days ago in the Punjabi city of Gujranwala – an act of defiance in a conservative part of Pakistan where women are expected to agree to arranged marriages.

“Even though police provided me with security, I fear that my family will try to kill me and my husband,” Maqsood said.

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