Ex-husband, dad held for ‘honour killing’
THE former husband and father of a British woman suspected to be the victim of an “honour” killing appeared in a Pakistani court after being arrested by police.
Samia Shahid died last month during a visit to her family village in Punjab province with her second husband, Mukhtar Kazam, claiming she was murdered for bringing “dishonour” on her family.
“Shahid’s ex-husband, Muhammad Shakeel, who was on pre-arrest bail, was arrested along with Shahid’s father, Muhammad Shahid, after a local court did not extend Shakeel’s bail,” said Aqeel Abbas, a local police official.
Mr Abbas said both men would remain in custody for four days in Jhelum, 126 kilometres (78 miles) from Islamabad. Police have not charged the men. Mr Kazam and Ms Shahid, a dual British-Pakistani citizen, had been married for two years and lived in Dubai.
Mr Kazam, who is Pakistani, said his wife had angered her parents by converting to Shia Islam, his sect, before their wedding.
Earlier this month, he had presented a copy of the post-mortem report into his wife’s death that said the 28-year-old had marks on the neck, suggesting she had been strangled.
Ms Shahid’s father has denied the charges and said he did not want an investigation, claiming his daughter died of natural causes. –