Man alleges British wife killed for 'honour' in Pakistan

Published: July 26, 2016
Beauty therapist Samia Shahid, 28, who died while visiting family in Pandori. Photograph: Supplied by Syed Mukhtar Kazam. PHOTO: The Guardian

Beauty therapist Samia Shahid, 28, who died while visiting family in Pandori. Photograph: Supplied by Syed Mukhtar Kazam. PHOTO: The Guardian

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani police are investigating after a British man claimed his wife had been murdered in a so-called “honour” killing, ten days after the death of a social media star cast a spotlight on the practice.

Mukhtar Kazam registered a complaint with police in Punjab province claiming his wife, 28-year-old Samia Shahid, was murdered in her family’s village while visiting them.

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The couple, both British-Pakistani dual citizens, had been married for two years and were living in Dubai, police told AFP, adding that it was Shahid’s second marriage.

“Her parents did not approve,” local police official Aqeel Abbas said, citing Kazam’s complaint.

He said Shahid was visiting her family’s village Pindori in Punjab’s Jehlum district.

“She was killed on July 20. She has been killed for honour,” Abbas said, quoting the complaint.

Officers are now waiting for a post-mortem report, he said, without specifying how Shahid’s husband alleged she was murdered.

In his own statement to police, Shahid’s father denied any charges that his daughter was killed for “honour”, adding that he did not want an investigation as she had died of natural causes.

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“Honour” killings — a custom in which a relative is killed by another for bringing the family dishonour — are a near daily occurrence in Pakistan.

The victims are overwhelmingly women, with hundreds killed each year.

Earlier this month the murder of social media star Qandeel Baloch by her brother, who said it was for “honour”, provoked international shock and revulsion.

The killing polarised Pakistan and appears to have spurred politicians to take action. Last week the law minister announced that bills aimed at tackling loopholes that facilitate “honour” killings would soon be voted on by parliament.

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Rights groups and politicians have for years called for tougher laws to tackle perpetrators of violence against women in Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jul 26, 2016 - 1:07PM

    What has going abroad taught this man ? Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jul 27, 2016 - 10:32AM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    That ‘honor’ knows no boundaries or borders…?Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Jul 27, 2016 - 12:24PM

    How killing in the name of honor killing can be called an honorable act, may I dare ask Samia parents? Where lies the family’s honor when Samia was married earlier and then divorced, unless divorce is a matter of pride and not shame for her parents? Is it honorable for her parents to kill her? I really salute British MP Ms Naz Shah who has proved to be a true humanitarian to take it up with PM Nawaz to dig out as to what is the truth-natural death or murder. I wonder how and why none of our Senator, MNA, MPA took cognizance of the case which is persuaded by UK MP. Iqbal Hadi ZaidiRecommend

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