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

Published: July 29, 2016


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.

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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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Reader Comments (20)

  • Babur Chughtai
    Jul 29, 2016 - 2:33PM

    The headline of of this AFP report is inaccurate and provocative. The original AFP report did not use this headline. What this headline is suggesting is supposed to be the work of investigators. Also, nowhere in the article does the husband say his wife was killed by her parents for converting to Shia faith. All he says is her family was not happy she married him and converted to Shia sect. He does not say whether she was killed because of that. Your headline jumps the gun. Media should be accurate.Recommend

  • Jul 29, 2016 - 2:41PM

    Media, for generating sensation, calls every murder, by relatives, as honour killing. Some are for property, having roots in bhutto’s land reforms, others are sectarian killing. Courts khula, permission for second marriages required by law etc are some discrepancies in law which are the reasons such murders are accepted in our society. Law making couldn’t deter the killer like mumtaz qadri if they do such acts for ideological reasons. Recommend

  • jay
    Jul 29, 2016 - 3:52PM

    Ummah is an illusion ! Shia need to ask for separate country in Pakistan Recommend

  • Puppet
    Jul 29, 2016 - 6:09PM

    Her life, her decision, her faith. No one has any right to kill someone because of that. Her parents and whole family are murderers, no matter what the reason.Recommend

  • Truth
    Jul 29, 2016 - 9:06PM

    @jay: Offcourse you would say that because you are scared of the fact that number of Shia Muslims in Pakistan is increasing. Recommend

  • HZR
    Jul 29, 2016 - 10:23PM

    Muslims killing muslims and blame the world for Islamophobia!Recommend

  • Haider
    Jul 30, 2016 - 12:15AM

    How do you even convert to Shia faith?Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 30, 2016 - 2:15AM

    There is hardly any difference between Shia and Suny school of thought. First it was Colonial rule which found a way to have firm grip over Hindustan. They sow the seeds of hatred by encouraging Saudi Wahabism and still continues all over the world because SA give financial support to the ideology. It can be seen in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Bahrain and cornering Iran. So far SA have failed to introduce Wahabism in Iran.Recommend

  • A Muslim
    Jul 30, 2016 - 4:43AM

    Better in India.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Jul 30, 2016 - 4:54AM

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

    No reason for taking such a young life!
    The irony is that such a murder happened in a country, which was demanded as separate state for muslims, by a person(Jinnah), who was a shia himself!!!Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Jul 30, 2016 - 5:52AM

    And here I thought that both Shia and Sunni sects both belong to Islam. One wonders.Recommend

  • Jul 30, 2016 - 6:08AM

    Media is only giving sensations to this incident. There is no doubt it is very unfortunate, but making up the stories to bring sectarism, honour killing to promote a special agenda is not good. No wonder, it is only media which is making us a society of wolves!Recommend

  • Raaz
    Jul 30, 2016 - 6:29AM

    Disgusting to see support for a murder what ever may be the reason behind that atrocity. What right do we have to take a life? Ultimately it’s her life and her choices that matter. Will killing her undo her second marriage to Shahid, converting to another faith etc? Only the inflated egos of the family which cannot tolerate her going against THEIR choices, are satisfied. Great service done to the Umma by her family. Recommend

  • Rustam
    Jul 30, 2016 - 8:41AM

    @jay: Irrelevant and disgusting post! Even shia in Pakistan do not talk what you are asserting. Which country and religion do you belong to?Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jul 30, 2016 - 8:56AM

    This is absolutely ridiculous, she wasn’t killed for her faith or religion. Know them personally and this shia stuff is baseless and nonsense. Please stop publishing false news for the sake of ratings.
    #WeAreMukhtar #StandforJusticeRecommend

  • man like ouzzy
    Jul 31, 2016 - 5:12PM

    @rustam @waqar i tottaly agree.Recommend

  • Shoaib Qureshi
    Jul 31, 2016 - 5:21PM

    Only the liberals would allow a Sunni women converting to Shia. Time to listen to voice of real Pakistan.Recommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Jul 31, 2016 - 6:27PM

    @jay: Shias are more than welcome to migrate to only shia country on this planet i.e. Iran… There will never be second for them… mark itRecommend

  • Jul 31, 2016 - 11:05PM

    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.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Aug 1, 2016 - 1:41AM

    @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 firstRecommend

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