Woman’s father denies allegations, claiming she died of natural causes.
Police are investigating after a British man claimed his wife had been murdered in a so-called ‘honor’ killing, 10 days after the death of a social media star cast a spotlight on the practice.
Mukhtar Kazam registered a complaint with police in Punjab province claiming his wife, 28-year-old Samia Shahid, was murdered in her family’s village while visiting them. The couple, both British-Pakistani dual citizens, had been married for two years and were living in Dubai, police told AFP, adding that it was Shahid’s second marriage.
“Her parents did not approve,” local police official Aqeel Abbas said, citing Kazam’s complaint. He said Shahid was visiting her family’s village Pindori in Punjab’s Jehlum district. “She was killed on July 20. She has been killed for honor,” Abbas said, quoting the complaint.
Officers are now waiting for a postmortem report, he said, without specifying how Shahid’s husband alleged she was murdered.
In his own statement to police, Shahid’s father denied any charges that his daughter was killed for “honor,” adding that he did not want an investigation as she had died of natural causes.