Killed Pakistani-origin woman’s husband seeks justice

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Islamabad, July 30 (IANS) The husband of a Pakistani-origin British woman who was allegedly killed for “honour” in Punjab province on July 20 has demanded justice from the UK and Pakistan governments.

Syed Mukhtar Kazim called upon both the governments to ensure that justice was served to his wife Samia Shahid, who was allegedly murdered by her family for marrying in a different community, Dawn online reported.

“I request the British and Pakistan governments to conduct a fair trial,” he said at a press conference presenting the post-mortem report of Samia’s body.

According to the reports, the 28-year-old woman had bruise marks on her neck which suggested she had been strangled to death. However, her father said she died of a heart attack.

Kazim, who had been staying in Dubai after his marriage with Samia, had earlier lodged a murder case against her parents, former husband Chaudhary Shakil and cousin Mobeen.

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He said Samia’s family had called her to Pakistan by lying about her father Chaudhary Shahid’s medical conditions. After arriving in Pakistan on July 13, Samia told him over phone that her father was alright and she felt scared and insecure at her home in Mangla.

Samia married Kazim two years ago after getting divorced from Chaudhary Shakil, who is suspected to be involved in her killing.

Two other suspects — Chaudhry Shahid and cousin Mobeen — have denied any involvement in her death.

A committee constituted to probe the “honour killing”, collected the case records from Jhelum police on Friday, Dawn online quoted a senior police official as saying.

The case was being investigated by Jhelum police before Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif set up the high-level committee after the intervention of the British government.

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