British woman's first husband confesses to killing her in Pakistan

Published: August 13, 2016


JHELUM: The ex-husband of a British-Pakistani woman who was strangled to death in Pakistan last month, confessed on Saturday that he had strangled her to death, Express News reported.

According to initial reports, Samia Shahid’s ex-husband Mohammad Shakeel confessed to the police that he strangled Shahid to death with her own dupatta.

The confession came after Shakeel and Shahid’s father were arrested by police and presneted in a court.

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“Shahid’s ex-husband, Muhammad Shakeel, who was on pre-arrest bail, was arrested along with Shahid’s father, Muhammad Shahid, after a local court did not extend Shakeel’s bail,” said Aqeel Abbas, a local police official.

Abbas said both men would remain in custody for four days in Jhelum.

Police have not charged the men.

Shahid, 28, from Bradford, was strangled to death while visiting her family in northern Punjab last month. Her husband, Mukhtar Syed Kazam, said he believed his wife was killed because her family disapproved of their marriage.

It is alleged that Shahid, had been tricked into travelling to Pakistan in July and killed for divorcing her first husband and remarrying against the wishes of her family.

Kazam, in a complaint to police, has said his wife Shahid was murdered during a visit to her family on July 20. However, the victim’s father has denied the charge and claimed his daughter died of natural causes.

At an emotional press conference last week Kazam had presented a copy of a post-mortem report which said the 28-year-old had marks on her neck, suggesting she had been strangled.

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Police said the latest forensic report had confirmed Samia died an unnatural death.

“The forensic report has been received by a three-member special investigation committee set up by chief minister Punjab and according to it Samia Shahid’s death occurred due to asphyxia,” Abubakar Khuda Bakhsh, the chief investigator, said.

The victim’s husband has described his wife’s death as an “honour killing”, a near daily occurrence in the country in which a relative is murdered by another for bringing what is deemed dishonour to the family.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 13, 2016 - 1:46PM

    Father turns killer. Shame, utter shame and I am myself ashamed to comment on it any further except that the father and her earlier husband must be stoned to death in a stadium if not then forget about it. Iqbal Hadi ZaidiRecommend

  • Azeema
    Aug 13, 2016 - 1:57PM

    Sickening. Recommend

  • Khilari
    Aug 13, 2016 - 3:35PM

    Dodgy. The whole family Is shamelessly protecting each other. Murderers they all are.Recommend

  • observer
    Aug 13, 2016 - 4:00PM

    The Question is- HOW did the ex-husband get access to her to drug and then strangle her?

    More likely-

    A. Parents killed her-The father was very anxious to declare this suicide.

    B. The Ex-husband is a decoy.

    C. The father will evntually accept Deeyat and forgive the ex-husband.

    A neat foolproof murder plan.Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 13, 2016 - 5:23PM

    Father and ex husband be stoned to death before public in a stadium. Iqbal Hadi ZaidiRecommend

  • nasrul Azim Farooqui
    Aug 13, 2016 - 6:23PM

    The murderers should be hangded publicaly.Recommend

  • SaneVoice
    Aug 13, 2016 - 8:52PM

    Its the same father for whose ‘fake health concerns’ she came to visit and then he had her murdered. I believe there is no hope for humanity left. BTW i dont think its an honour killing its more of a REVENGE killing.Recommend

  • Really fed up
    Aug 13, 2016 - 10:47PM

    Although I don’t agree to such barbaric punishments but in this case I agree with you otherwise these so called ‘respectable family’ will get away with murder. @Iqbal Hadi Zaidi: Recommend

  • fateh alam
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:31AM

    Honour or dis honor,None has the right to kill the girl,father is the Prime Planner killer and Ex husband is abbe tor in the crime. Both should, get Death punishment, BUT,credit goes to our judicial system,which shall ensure,JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIEDRecommend

  • Nasir
    Aug 14, 2016 - 2:34PM

    When will Pakistan root out this evil. This is indian culture, people with low status killing in the name of honour as if they become something special. They become murderers.

    We need a shift in maturity where killing is seen for what it is. The police should be fired in this instance and replaced completely. It’s clear they went along with it or didn’t investigate properly for bribe.

    Nothing will happen but I would hope the judge could have decided to take the option of pardon away from the family and sentenced ex-husband. Then he might come forward and say it was the father. Then they can execute both and let those in the area know.Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Aug 15, 2016 - 3:32AM

    Why do low grade Pakistani men keep on murdering such beautiful females. Unbelievable. Recommend

  • Nawaz
    Aug 18, 2016 - 3:13AM

    Shameful and evil. The girl should have said no to the first husbands marriage. Can you imagine living with a potential killer under the same roof for’ death do us apart’ relationship.

    Marriages are done with intent and although the daughter was possibly forced into this marriage the ex-wife did what she is allowed legally and under religious laws for reasons she only was aware of . Could the ex husband had lived comfortably with a rebellious wife.
    Absolutely this is a case of Execution X2 ie double execution however hateful the term
    those who are near the ex must ensure they write to the relevant judges. Recommend

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