NEW YORK - A Pakistani-American taxi driver convicted of orchestrating in Pakistan the so-called honour killings of the father and sister of his daughter’s lover, was sentenced Thursday to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry, 62, ordered the revenge attack in his home village in 2012 after his daughter, Amina, had fled to the US with the help of her true love to escape an arranged marriage. Choudhry showed little emotion after the verdict was announced in the packed Brooklyn federal courtroom while his friends and family bowed their heads in the court gallery, according to American media reports. Prosecutors said Choudhry - a city cab driver for more than 20 years - was so enraged that his 23-year-old daughter left her husband for another man that he had the the man’s father and sister fatally shot in Pakistan.

Choudhry was convicted at trial largely by recorded phone calls between him and daughter Amina Ajmal in which he repeatedly vowed to erase her lover, Shujat Abbas’ entire family to exact revenge for his own humiliation by her.

“He said it over and over,” federal prosecutor Richard Tucker said during closing arguments. “He wanted to kill Shujat Abbas - the boy who helped his daughter run away from an arranged marriage, the boy who humiliated him in front of his family and village.”

But before Choudhry could get to Abbas, he took out Abbas’ father, Mohammad Asghar, and sister Madeeha Asghar, prosecutors said. They were riddled with bullets as they rode on a motorcycle in February 2013.

Choudhry deployed an uncle and some other men from his village of Chirawala to carry out the hits, calling the shots from the driver’s seat of his yellow cab, prosecutors said.

The killings came after Choudhry begged his daughter to return to their family home in Brooklyn, prosecutors said. In their phone calls, he assured her that death would result from a failure to do so, according to prosecutors. “Until I find you, nothing is going to stop me,” he said. “I am going to kill their whole family.”

Choudhry said that having a daughter flee the family was an intolerable humiliation.

Amina testified at trial that she had wanted no part of her coerced December 2012 marriage to Abrar Ahmed Babar and that her heart was set on eventually marrying Abbas, a distant relative from the same village. But Amina - who attended Brooklyn College and was raised in America - wasn’t given an option, she said.

After maintaining secret contact with Abbas through hidden cellphones, Amina eventually hopped in his car in the dead of night and fled the home she shared with Babar in January 2013.

Fearing her father’s rage and his willingness to take out members of Abbas’ family, Amina began working with federal agents and recorded her exchanges with the increasingly desperate father..

Tortured by her disappearance and unable to track her down, Choudhry told his daughter that everything would calm down if she simply returned home.

After she refused, Choudhry promised that there was only one remaining route to the restoration of his family’s honour - bloodshed.

Amina tearfully testified against her father at trial and admitted that she still loved him and never believed he was capable of killing. Choudhry broke down and wept during his daughter’s testimony.