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NY man charged with plotting killings in Pakistan

September 25, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man has been charged in two slayings in Pakistan that U.S. authorities liken to so-called honor killings.

Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry had been arrested earlier this year on lesser charges. An indictment unsealed on Wednesday added a murder conspiracy count.

The indictment alleges the slayings in February resulted from a family feud. It began when Choudhry's daughter fled an arranged marriage in Pakistan with the help of a relative.

Prosecutors say Choudhry warned his daughter that the relative's family would be harmed if she didn't come out of hiding. When she refused, the relative's sister and father were shot and killed.

Choudhry's lawyers have denied the allegations.

Women in Pakistan have been killed when they are perceived to have dishonored their families.



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