KARACHI: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered a fair and prompt investigation into the case of a British national Samia Shahid who was allegedly killed in the name of honour by her family in Jhelum.
While taking notice of the incident, the interior minister asked the Regional Police Officer (RPO) Rawalpindi and the District Police Officer (DPO) Jhelum to ensure that justice is served in the case.
Syed Mukhtar Kazam has alleged that his wife was killed by her family for marrying him who was seen as an ‘outsider.
A beauty therapist by profession from Bradford, Shahid died on last Wednesday when she was visiting her family in northern Punjab.
British MP Naz Shah had demanded an independent autopsy after Shahid’s husband seemed positive that her family killed her for marrying him who was seen as an ‘outsider.’
In a letter written to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, she said, “Should this be [an honour killing] case then we must ensure justice is done for Samia and we must ensure this never happens again.”
As per Kazam’s claims, his wife’s family was against their “love marriage” in September 2014 but she moved to live with him in Dubai in May 2015.
Before her marriage with Kazam, Shahid had left her first husband who was also her cousin from her village in Pakistan.
Kazam said he was shocked to know that his 28-year-old wife suffered a critical heart attack when she was in Pakistan to see an ailing relative.
Though Kazam feared his wife had been killed by her family, Shahid’s parents have denied his claims.
Recently, the death of a Pakistan social media star Qandeel Baloch killed by her brother who felt he had been ‘dishonoured’ due to her risqué Facebook and Instagram uploads made headlines worldwide.
When her murder case echoed in the UK’s House of Commons after Baloch’s murder, the British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was no honour in the so-called honour-based violence.