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Pakistan police arrest ex-husband, father in Dubai resident's suspected 'honour killing'

UK-born Samia Shahid, a real estate agent in Dubai, was visiting her family in Pakistan when she died last month in the village of Pandori in northern Punjab province

Pakistan police arrest ex-husband, father in Dubai resident's suspected 'honour killing'
Mukhtar Kazam, the husband of late British woman Samia Shahid. (Getty Images)

Pakistani police have arrested the former husband and the father of a British woman on suspicion of murder after her second husband alleged she was the victim of an "honour killing" for remarrying, police said.

UK-born Samia Shahid, 28, a real estate agent in Dubai, who was visiting her family in Pakistan, died last month in the village of Pandori in northern Punjab province.

The case attracted attention because it came days after the high-profile honour killing of outspoken social media star Qandeel Baloch, whose brother has been arrested in the case.

Deputy Inspector General Police Abubakar Khuda Bakhsh, the investigating officer in the case, said police had arrested Shahid's ex-husband - her cousin Shakeel - and her father, Chaudhry Shahid.

"The court has sent them to police custody for physical remand of four days," Bakhsh said. "Once, facts are established, we would be in a better position to say if it is an honour killing or a murder as revenge."

Shahid's relatives have said she died of a heart attack, but her husband, Kazim Mukhtar, a Dubai chemicals company employee, said last month that he believed she had been poisoned and then strangled. He said they had both received death threats from her family in the past.

Less than two weeks before Shahid died, Baloch, 26, who had divided opinion in the deeply conservative Muslim society by regularly posting revealing photos on social media, was found strangled and her brother was arrested.

Some 500 women are killed every year in Pakistan by relatives who feel their family has been shamed by a daughter or sister hanging out with men, eloping or otherwise infringing conservative demands on women's modesty.

Baloch's death led Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ruling party to announce that it would pass long-delayed legislation outlawing "honour killing" within weeks.

The new law is still pending.

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giab 4 years ago

writer seems to be an Indian, that is why he is saying that 500 women killed annually as an honour killing.

james 4 years ago

Whatever the nationality he is understating the facts.
There are worryingly huge numbers each year and it is easily searchable on the web e.g.

"In 2011, human rights groups reported 720 honour killings in Pakistan (605 women and 115 men).[7] Some discrepancy exists between reports. For instance Pakistan's Human Rights Commission reported that in 2010 there were 791 honour killings in the country,[8] while Amnesty International cited 960 incidents of women alone who were slain in honour killings that year.[9]"

Zizazter 4 years ago

The Pakistani newspapers, among others, claim that over one thousand women were killed just last year.

http://nation.com.pk/national/02-Apr-2016/1-096-women-killed-for-honour-in-2015

I am also a Pakistani. India does not control our government or our government's inability to control these issues. Your blame game needs to stop immediately. It makes us look weak and pathetic.

Ponder 4 years ago

Yes, surely Reuters is a massive Delhi headquartered news organisation and also a very common family name in India. You hit the nail on the head.