A 25-YEAR-OLD woman was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan's top courts yesterday in a so-called "honour" killing for marrying the man she loved, police said.

Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the High Court in Lahore to open when a group of around a dozen men began attacking her with bricks, said Umer Cheema, a senior police officer.

Her father, two brothers and former fiance were among the attackers, he said. Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said.

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All the suspects except her father escaped. He admitted killing his daughter, Cheema said, and explained it was a matter of honour. Iqbal had been engaged to her cousin but married another man, Cheema said.

The family registered a kidnapping case against him but Iqbal had come to court to argue that she had married of her own free will, he said.