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Pakistan charges ex-husband, father with British woman's murder

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 3 September 2016
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September 03, 2016

Pakistani police say they have charged the former husband and the father of a British-Pakistani woman – suspected to have been the victim of a so-called honor killing – with her murder.

The announcement was made by the regional police in the northern Punjab Province on September 3.

Samia Shahid, 28, died in July in Punjab, where she was visiting relatives. Police say she died as a result of being strangled.

Her husband, Mukhtar Kazam, says she was murdered because she married him against the family's wishes.

Shahid's first husband, Muhammad Shakeel, has been arrested on suspicion of her murder while her father, Chaudhry Muhammad, has been held as an accessory to murder.

"The ex-husband has also been charged with raping her," Abubakar Buksh, a high-ranking police official, told AFP.

Hundreds of Pakistani women are killed each year by relatives who accuse them of violating conservative social or religious norms.

Based on reporting by AFP and

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