The ex-files: Former wife killed ‘for converting to Islam’

Published: July 31, 2011
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Ashfaq shot Shakila outside the central jail, where she was visiting her second husband. PHOTO: FILE

Ashfaq shot Shakila outside the central jail, where she was visiting her second husband. PHOTO: FILE

GUJRANWALA: 

A man killed his former wife outside the central jail after she converted to marry for the second time.

According to police officials, Ferozewala resident 35-year-old Shakila was shot outside the Gujranwala central jail after she converted to Islam and married for the second time. Shakila married Ashfaq Masih eleven years ago and sought a divorce from him two years ago after she converted.

“She said the kalma in front of around eight people outside Church one day and told me she wanted a divorce. All the people there said that our marriage was invalid anyway, because she had just converted,” Ashfaq Masih told The Express Tribune.

“She also formally filed for divorce a few days later. Two days later I left to work abroad. Now that I have returned I have seen that she is also trying to get my children to convert and pushing them to live with her and her new husband rather than her parents,” he said.

Ashfaq also accused Shakila of prostitution. “She was trying to make enough money to free her husband because he was in jail for robbery,” he said. “The man murdered her purely out of jealousy and rage. He is trying to deflect and accuse the woman. We have seen her visit her husband weekly and she was an honourable woman. She even did purdah,” said constable Ishfaq Hasan.

On Saturday, after Shakila was visiting her husband Faisal Munawwar in the jail, she was apprehended by Ashfaq outside the prison. “He threatened her and tried to beat her but she fought back. It took me a few minutes to cross the road to go help her,” constable Ishfaq, a gatekeeper at the jail said.

“By the time I caught him, he had already shot her,” he added. “We sent her to the hospital but they told us she was already dead when she arrived,” he added. Constable Ishfaq apprehended Ashfaq and put him in a jail cell. “We will also file a case with police but we wanted to ensure he didn’t escape,” he added.

Ashfaq was kept in a cell adjacent to Shakila’s second husband Faisal Munawwar. A brawl broke out between both men, while they were in their cells and jail officials shifted the men in separate rooms. “We will register a case tomorrow and he will be punished,” the constable said.

“He killed her because she converted. He ever really got over that and he had sworn revenge several times,” said Shakila’s neighbour Abida Bibi. Abida Bibi said that Shakila had five children and the children were currently living with their grandmother. “The only thing they could agree on was that the children stay with Shakila’s parents because they were Christian. The family had cut off Shakila and she seldom got to visit them,” she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 31th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Irshad Khan
    Jul 31, 2011 - 12:12PM

    What a sad story due to jealosy, hatred and mis-understanding. How many people and children have to suffer for whole of their life. this is due to hatred and impatient culture prevailed in our society with freely available fire arms everywhere. Very sad.

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  • Irshad Khan
    Jul 31, 2011 - 12:20PM

    What a sad story. How many innocent people and children will suffer due to jealosy, hatred and revenge culture prevailing in our society alongwith easily available fire arms everywhere. If the people of say will give attention to curb this culture?

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  • rusm
    Jul 31, 2011 - 1:37PM

    obviously the woman was sick in the head

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  • ahmed
    Jul 31, 2011 - 1:57PM

    @ rusm.. we are talking about a women who was shot by her jealous husband .. so surely you wanted to say that the husband was sick in the head.

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  • blah
    Jul 31, 2011 - 2:13PM

    finally, things start moving the other way round i.e. christians killing muslims, alas it was a woman though who got killed

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  • Jul 31, 2011 - 7:00PM

    Religious and nationalist tribalism…how many innocent people have to die before the human race gives it up??

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  • Jul 31, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Prostitution – yes that’s our favourite excuse isn’t it.

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  • haseeb
    Aug 1, 2011 - 5:31AM

    Why so called NGOs didn’t come to aid the woman? They might don’t know about the case at that time then what about taking the notice and seeing to it that the murderer meets justice! but they don’t want heads to turn and take notice of human rights violations by this element. They get aid from the west to push their agenda under the charming slogan of “human rights”.

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  • MAD
    Aug 1, 2011 - 5:08PM

    In this case i suppose the best punishment would be to let him loose in jail between other inmates and let thema ll know what he did and why?

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