Ex-hus­band, dad held for ‘honour killing’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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