Pakistan court denies bail to father of ‘honour’ killing victim

Victim's father and her ex-husband allegedly murdered her in July in her parental house in Mangla area of Jhelum district of Punjab because she had divorced Shakeel and married a Shia Muslim.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:September 10, 2016 7:39 pm

A Pakistani court Saturday denied bail to the father of a British-Pakistani woman who was killed allegedly by him and her ex-husband in the country’s latest case of so-called “honour killing”.

Victim Samia Shahid’s father, Muhammad Shahid, and ex-husband, Muhammad Shakeel, allegedly murdered her in July in her parental house in Mangla area of Jhelum district of Punjab because she had divorced Shakeel and married a Shia Muslim.

A district court turned down bail request of the victim’s father. It has not yet ruled on the ex-husband’s request for bail. Police said that during investigation it was found that her first husband first raped and then strangled her to death with the help and knowledge of her father.

The 28-year-old beautician was buried by her family after declaring that she had died of a heart attack. Shahid’s second husband, Mukhtar Kazim, had raised the alarm, which resulted in the arrests and the subsequent inquiry into the latest case of so-called “honor killing” in the country. The court accepted bail application of the chief of local police station Aqeel Abbas and Samia’s uncle Haq Nawaz. Abbas is accused of negligence and taking bribe to turn a blind eye to the murder while Nawaz produced a fake certificate that she died of natural causes.

Shahid married her first husband in February 2012 but soon returned to England and obtained a divorce two years later. After that, she married her second husband and moved with him to Dubai.

Her family was apparently unhappy with her second marriage. Shahid’s mother and younger sister got her to agree to come for a week-long visit to Pakistan, claiming her father was ill. Her mother and sister had fled to UK after the murder and police is trying to bring them back.