Father of British woman killed in Pak now claims she committed suicide

, 2:21 PM IST
Human rights activists protest against honour killing in Karachi September 3, 2008. Pakistan ordered an investigation on Monday into the killing of five women who rights groups say were shot and buried alive because three of them wanted to marry men of their choice. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN)

Gujrat (Pakistan): Chaudhry Shahid, the father of Samia Shahid, has backtracked from his earlier statement and said that his daughter had committed suicide.

Samia, the British woman of Pakistani origin, was allegedly killed for ‘honour’, as per earlier reports.

Shahid had in his initial statement told the police that his daughter died of a cardiac arrest.

He, however, made the fresh statement before the four-member investigation team headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police Abubakar Khuda Bakhsh, reports the Dawn.

The investigators visited the Mangla Police Station yesterday and also held a meeting with the local police officials at the Police Lines.

Shahid, a suspect in the case lodged by Samia’s second husband Syed Mukhtar Kazim, reportedly told the investigators that his daughter had committed suicide.

Kazim has alleged that his wife Samia, 28, a beautician from Bradford, was killed by her father and her first husband this month after being called to Pakistan on the pretence that her father was gravely ill.

He claimed that Samia was murdered in an ‘honour killing’ because her family disapproved of their marriage. (ANI)