British woman's parents killed her for converting to Shia faith: husband

Shahid's father has denied the charges, claiming his daughter died of natural causes

Afp July 29, 2016
Samia Shahid. PHOTO: TELEGRAPH

The husband of a British woman who was killed in Pakistan called for the UK and Pakistani governments to ensure his wife received justice Thursday, as he sought to keep the spotlight on so-called honour killings.

Mukhtar Kazam presented a copy of the post-mortem report into his wife Samia Shahid's death -- seen by AFP -- at an emotional press conference, which said the 28-year-old had marks on her neck, and suggested she had been strangled.

Man alleges British wife killed for ‘honour’ in Pakistan

Kazam has branded her death an "honour killing", a near daily occurrence in Pakistan in which a relative is murdered by another for bringing the family "dishonour". The practice was dragged into the international spotlight earlier this month with the killing of Qandeel Baloch, a polarising Pakistani social media star. Her brother has confessed to the murder, saying his sister's behaviour had been "intolerable".

Kazam sought to keep international attention on "honour" killings when he spoke to media assembled in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, close to the capital Islamabad Thursday. "I request the British and Pakistani governments to conduct a fair trial," he said.

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Kazam and Shahid, 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.

Kazam said his wife converted to Shia, his sect, before their wedding, which had irked her parents.

In a complaint to police he has claimed she was murdered during a visit to her family in their village in Punjab province on July 20.

Shahid's father has denied the charges and said he did not want an investigation, claiming his daughter died of natural causes.

The victims of "honour" killings are overwhelmingly women, with hundreds killed each year. They have long polarised Pakistan, with progressives calling for tough legislation against them and conservatives resisting.

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But the murder of Qandeel Baloch 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.

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

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syed & syed | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Farhan Khan: Iran have limited sources so can not absorb all Shias. It will be better if Sunnis migrate to God Fathers country Saudi Arabia. There is also a scope in Kuwait UAE, Libya Egypt and Sudan. A Shia politician created a country called Pakistan by the grace of Almighty ALLAH that all will live in peace and harmony but orthodox illiterate masses & mullas are inciting the difference. So the migration of Sunnis should start first
Croyden | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend What a joke! What is the conversion process for a fellow muslim, LOL. You can marry a shia with a shia aalim as the one doing the nikah. This is getting ridiculous Pakistan name is being blackballed and such cases are being highlighted by this paid media whoi s'nt even Pak national whereas PAkistani nationals and shia like Zulfiqar Ali are being allowed to get executed in foreign country. This hypocrisy in reporting and mud-slinging of Pakistan just to reinvestigate this lady's death is becoming pathetic and dangerous.
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