Punjab DIG to investigate British woman's suspected 'honour killing'

Published: July 28, 2016
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Samia Shahid. PHOTO: FILE

Samia Shahid. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: The government on Thursday appointed a senior police official to investigate the death of a British woman whose husband alleges she was killed for marrying him against her parents’ wishes.

The case has attracted attention because it comes days after the high-profile ‘honour killing’ of outspoken social media star Qandeel Baloch by her brother.

Samia Shahid, 28, a beautician from Bradford who had gone to visit her family in Pakistan, died last week in the village of Pandori in northern Punjab, the political power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif appointed Deputy Inspector General Police Abubakar Khuda Bakhsh as the investigating officer.

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“We are treating this as a very high-profile case of high priority,” said police spokeswoman Nabeela Ghazanfar.

Police had not made any arrests but had questioned Shahid’s father and were searching for her divorced first husband, Choudhry Shakeel, who was missing.

Her second husband, Kazim Mukhtar, told media on Thursday that they had both received death threats from her family in the past.

Her relatives have said she died of natural causes.

Less than two weeks ago, 26-year-old Qandeel, who had divided opinion in the deeply conservative Muslim society by regularly posting risqué photos on social media, was strangled by her brother.

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Police officer Aqeel Abbas said bruising found on Shahid’s neck could have occurred while her body was being moved or buried. “She was asthmatic and diabetic,” he said.

“The forensic report will reveal the real cause of her death.”

Shah’s husband Kazim Mukhtar said he believed she had been poisoned and then strangled.

“I have received the post-mortem report that says there is a 19-cm long reddish bruise on her neck, which strengthens my doubts,” he told Reuters.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Jul 29, 2016 - 12:38AM

    The twisted Sharia Law will do nothing for the poor girl.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jul 29, 2016 - 12:48AM

    One letter from a British MP produces results that hundred notices of Pakistani officials would not. DIG finally gets a chance to do some real detective work for a change. If this was done more often, crime would not proliferate in Punjab as it has. Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jul 29, 2016 - 1:49AM

    albakistanis only listen to Danda specially if it is Made in England.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jul 29, 2016 - 8:03PM

    @Dipak:

    It may shock you but there is not Sharia Law in Pakistan and hope never will be. The current laws in Pakistan are not any worst than the current laws in India, implementing them is a different story. Recommend

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