Samia Shahid murder case: Accused’s family seeks case over ‘illegal second marriage’

Claim British-Pakistani woman never divorced first husband — prime suspect in murder


Arsalan Altaf August 27, 2016
Mangla SHO Malik Aqeel Abbas said the police had requested information from the UK government and will proceed accordingly when the information is received. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The family of the ex-husband of a British-Pakistani woman who was allegedly killed in a Jhelum village last month has sought the registration of a criminal case against her second husband for polyandry.

Samia Shahid was found dead in Pandori village in the house of her first husband Shakeel Ahmed on July 20. The family claimed she died a natural death.

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Her second husband, Mukhtar Kazim, alleged that she was killed by her family as they disapproved of her marriage with him. On the basis of his complaint, Jhelum police have booked Ahmed, and Samia’s father Muhammad Shahid for murder. Both are in jail on judicial remand but have not been formally charged yet.

Now, one of Ahmed’s uncles has moved an application with the police seeking a criminal case against Kazim, claiming that Kazim and Samia had committed polyandry, which is a crime under Pakistani law.

Haq Nawaz, Ahmed’s uncle, submitted an application to the Mangla police through his counsel barrister Masroor Shah. “Shakeel Ahmed married Samia Shahid according to the law on February 27, 2012, and he has never divorced her,” the application reads. A marriage certificate issued by the union council is attached with the application.

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Nawaz claims that Kazim and Samia used forged documents to get married in the UK. “Samia Shahid, Mukhtar Kazim, Abbas Shah, and Zilak Shah prepared fake documents and impersonated Shakeel Ahmed before the UK authorities,” reads the application.

He has requested the police to book Kazim, Samia and two others for impersonation, fraud, and fornication.

The police said Ahmed confessed to strangulating Samia.

Shah, however, said a confession has no value unless it is taken before a court.

He also asked how “Ahmed could have appeared before the UK authorities when he has never travelled to the UK, as his passport shows”.

Mangla SHO Malik Aqeel Abbas said the police had requested information from the UK government and will proceed accordingly when the information is received.

Under UK law, there are a number of circumstances where a husband need not be present in court for a judge to grant a divorce or annulment. These include forced marriage and marriages where the spouse cannot be located or are otherwise unable to appear in court.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2016.

COMMENTS (7)

Rehmat Ali | 6 years ago | Reply no need to give importance this murder. give place to other social issues !
trickster | 6 years ago | Reply So you are filing a case AFTER killing her. How about doing it at the right time? And who is giving them sufficient time to start a new circus, by not charging the nominated+arrested accused so far? The defense is simple. The talaq was pronounced verbally, and the main accused has been killed by luring her to her death, stopping her from admitting or denying that. What a loser family btw. There has to be a reason that she fled and married someone from shia faith.
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