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Ex-husband and father arrested in alleged ‘honor killing’ of British woman

The charges in Samia Shahid's death come as two anti-honor-killing bills languish in Pakistani parliament.


Lyz Lenz


Posted on Sep 6, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 2:22 am CDT

Two months after her death in Pakistan, the father and ex-husband of 28-year-old Samia Shahid are in police custody for her murder—or what her new husband claims was done as an “honor killing.” 

In July, Shahid, a British citizen, had traveled to Pakistan upon hearing her father was ill. According to the BBC, it was there that her first husband, Chaudhry Muhammad Shakeel, confronted her, asking her to renounce her marriage to her new husband, Mukhtar Kazim. Shakeel later confessed to police that when Shahid refused, he strangled her with a scarf. Reports indicate she was also raped before her death.

Shahid’s relatives initially claimed that she died of a heart attack. The BBC reports that her uncle and a policeman involved with the investigation are also currently being held on charges of falsifying her medical information and covering up the murder. 

The charges come as two anti-honor killing bills are languishing in the Pakistani parliament. The bills, which were approved by committee back in July, have yet to be brought to a vote.

Writing in Dawn, New York Times columnist Bina Shah accused the Pakistani parliament of making a big to-do about the bills “merely to show to the international community that the government was ‘doing something’ about the problem.”

Shahid’s murder has sparked outrage on social media as individuals demand a vote on the anti-honor killing law.

When questioned about the murder, Shahid’s father has denied any involvement.

Her mother and sister are also both wanted by Pakistani police in connection with the murder.

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*First Published: Sep 6, 2016, 12:52 pm CDT