Lahore: A heavily pregnant woman and her husband have been shot dead by her brother in Punjab province for marrying a man without the family’s consent.

Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous state, has seen a spur in honour-related crimes, including honour killing, in recent times. File Pic/AFP
Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous state, has seen a spur in honour-related crimes, including honour killing, in recent times. File Pic/AFP

Muhammad Shakil (30) and his wife Aqsa (26) were killed for “honour” by Aqsa’s brother who recently returned from Saudi Arabia, police said. The couple were married for four years, and lived in Thikriwala village in the province.

The bodies were recovered from Gujra-Jang Branch canal on Thursday night. Shakil worked at a government school and Aqsa worked as a health visitor. The autopsy report showed Aqsa was pregnant and was likely to deliver a baby in about four days. One suspect has been arrested while others were on the run.