British-Pakistani woman ‘killed’ by husband in Mirpur

Published: September 9, 2013
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Sources close to the family revealed that the couple had a severe altercation in Bradford, after which Rashid came back to Mirpur, where he shared his wife’s growing differences with his family elders. PHOTO: FILE

Sources close to the family revealed that the couple had a severe altercation in Bradford, after which Rashid came back to Mirpur, where he shared his wife’s growing differences with his family elders. PHOTO: FILE

MUZAFFARABAD: A British woman of Kashmiri origin was murdered allegedly by her husband near the Dina-Jhelum Bypass road on August 29. She reportedly did not die in a car accident as was previously believed, The Express Tribune learnt on Sunday.

Saira Rani was a naturalised British citizen from Islamgarh, Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), and was a resident of Bradford, United Kingdom. She recently married Rashid Ashraf, also from Mirpuri and a naturalised British citizen, and the couple had a four-month-old child.

Sources close to the family revealed that the couple had a severe altercation in Bradford, after which Rashid came back to Mirpur, where he shared his wife’s growing differences with his family elders.

Rashid’s family spoke to Saira and convinced her to come to Pakistan to resolve the differences, they said.

Saira decided to come to Pakistan and reconcile ties with her husband. After landing in Lahore on August 29, she was en route to Mirpur with her husband and his uncle Aslam Chuadhry. When they reached the Dina-Jhelum Bypass, Rashid reportedly pulled Saira out from the car and murdered her.

However, the sources told The Express Tribune that someone close to Rashid, who also lived in Mirpur, saw him moving Saira’s body to another car and revealed this information to Saira’s father. On hearing this, the father filed a complaint at the Mangla police station on Friday, urging the police to investigate whether his daughter was killed in an accident or murdered by her in-laws. The police began the investigation and arrested Rashid along with his uncle, Aslam Chaudhry, on Saturday.

Reportedly, Rashid confessed to the murder during interrogation, saying he did it to end the dispute between them once and for all.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Alann
    Sep 9, 2013 - 3:28AM

    How can the terms “reportedly” and “allegedly” come under the same article in ET?
    Why is ET so fond of the word “allegedly” that it likes using it just about everywhere?
    Even when there are certain facts presented, there is still that “allegedly” word written somewhere in any given article on ET.
    Do ET editors think everything is a conspiracy and such things can never happen inside Pakistan that they feel the need to add “allegedly” in front of just about every incident?

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  • Bushra Banshe
    Sep 9, 2013 - 4:48AM

    @Alann stop hyperventilating all media print & cable use the “allegedly” as everyone is innocent till proven guilty by their peers & the court system. ET editors are not in the conspiracy tank but most Pakistanis are in one form or another!

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  • a friend
    Sep 9, 2013 - 5:45AM

    Her name is spelt SARAH.. Not only did Sarah have a young baby to her Husband, she has 4 other children that also deserve to be mentioned! She was a loving Mother of FIVE children & Step-Mother to Rashid’s son!

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  • Editor
    Sep 9, 2013 - 1:26PM

    @Alann:
    The crime has not been proven in a court of law. Until then, these are (mere) allegations and should be mentioned as such.

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  • Saleem
    Sep 9, 2013 - 2:51PM

    @Alann:
    This is ‘land of pure’ Anything goes. Muk muka and mitti pao is the national motto.Recommend

  • LuvPak
    Sep 10, 2013 - 8:04AM

    @Saleem: “Alann” is right in the sense, in many instances ET reported crimes as though already “committed” and “proven” when it noticed public opinion already “for it”! Also if the “alleged” party is a public favorite or the “villain” in their eyes.

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  • Tahir
    Sep 11, 2013 - 7:16PM

    He should be tried in the pakistani justice system as the offence was committed on the jheleum-dina road which is in Pakistan. If proven guilty he should be given the ultimate punishment (death by hanging) for killing his wife.

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  • Rameez
    Sep 18, 2013 - 11:36AM

    @Tahir:
    or he can get away after being “forgiven” by the family of the murdered.

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  • LuvShock
    Sep 22, 2013 - 12:40AM

    @Rameez: Oh no bro!
    This defenitely is not a pardon case. Why?
    Pre-Plan with a stretagy.
    There is a marital history of this fully adult mature & mently smart male.
    The victim is a mother of young children.
    A divorce or seperation was an option available.
    The planning the killer went thru was more than enough to prove his intelligence to be able to file a divorce and restart his life once again.

    Parents can still painfully overcome a strong & fighting male’s death but never a weaker daughter’s death in cold blood, specially not by an stranger but the one who she trusted with her life and they/parents gave her hand to. Its like to them they killed her by giving her to him.

    ‡The killer men didnt have to very strong or defensive against a trusting, unexpecting female family member who innocently walked into their trap. So pathetic for the “mardangy” of such males.

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  • Sep 22, 2013 - 3:19PM

    @Alann: the word allegedly/ reportedly is used to avoid legal action( for defamation) because ET can not prove what is written in the news.

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  • Sam
    Sep 23, 2013 - 6:14AM

    Is there no humanity left in Pakistan? Killing has become second nature.

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  • dina
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:51AM

    If he is guilty,and by all accounts he appears to be- Rashid should be punished for choosing to ‘end the dispute’ by killing his wife.If he could not tolerate her, the civilised thing to do would be to divorce her, but that to his Pakistani male mardangy tradition would have meant ‘humiliation’ ,no? He would have to give her her mahr etc and that would have been a matter of shame infront of his associates no doubt.BUT did it ever occur to him- that his children would lose a mother forever? Did he stop to think? What was those 5 children’s crime? That they should be so cruelly denied their mother?What kind of father is that does that to the mother of his own children?
    Who can give them the care that only a mother can?
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  • LuvDat!
    Oct 7, 2013 - 11:10AM

    To Men! Bros!
    You can’t live or die happily once you harm your own kids or their mother.
    Don’t defy me, but it is not natural for a father to harm or hurt his own children or their mother and sleep peacefully with his conscience, period. You are stuck for life to provide for them nomater what. That’s it!

    That’s why the whole world says: Be a man!

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