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Pakistan woman survives 'honour killing' attempt, but still fears for her life

Published on Jun 6, 2014 10:48 PM
Ms Saba Maqsood, 18, lying on a hospital bed in Hafizabad in Punjab Province on June 5, 2014. Ms Maqsood has survived being shot and thrown in a canal by her family for marrying the man she loved, the police said, weeks after the "honour killing" of another woman drew worldwide condemnation. Mr Ali Akbar, a local police official, said Ms Maqsood had been attacked and shot by her father, uncle, brother and aunt and thrown into the waterway in the city of Hafizabad in Punjab province. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP/Reuters) - A Pakistani woman who was brutally beaten, shot and dumped in a canal by her relatives for marrying against their wishes has survived her harrowing ordeal, the police said on Friday.

Ms Saba Maqsood, 19, was shot twice and beaten by her father, uncle and two other close relatives on Tuesday after they learned she had secretly married. The police have since launched a manhunt for her alleged attackers.

The incident occurred in Gujranwala town, some 70km north of Lahore, the capital of central Punjab province where a woman was murdered last month in broad daylight by her relatives outside a courthouse in a case that caused global outrage.

"First they brutally beat her (Saba) and then shot her twice. She was then put in a sack and thrown in a canal," police investigator Zabitay Khan told AFP. "They had presumed her dead but she managed to open the sack and came out of the canal," Mr Khan said, adding Ms Maqsood had married her neighbour against the wishes of her parents.

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