JEHLUM: Father and first husband of Samia Shahid, reportedly killed in ‘honour killing’, were arrested, police officials said on Wednesday evening.
They said that a cousin of the deceased was also arrested during a raid. Samia’s friend, who had her passport, has also been made a part of the investigation.
Police said that her current husband is already in police’s custody.
Samia Shahid, 28, married Syed Mukhtar Kazam, less than two years ago, against her family’s wishes and went to live with his family in Dubai.
This month Samia Shahid, originally from Bradford, went to visit her father in a village called “Poteh” near Dina on the 14th of July.
Her family, who are also British nationals, were in Pakistan following a bereavement within the family.
District Police Officer (DPO) Jehlum Mujahid Akbar said that Samia’s death apparently not due to natural causes.
He said that Samia’s friend would also be made part of the probe. Few suspects have already been included.
Police sources said that the victim’s postmortem report would determine the direction of the case.
It is understood that after marrying Syed Mukhtar Kazam, the couple had faced death threats.
A family source told The News that Saima Shahid’s sister asked her to come to Pakistan citing her father’s illness.
After Saima’s death in mysterious circumstances, her husband was told she died of a heart attack but the parents lodged a statement saying she committed suicide.
Her husband lodged an FIR in Jhelum alleging foul play. In the FIR seen by The News, the husband alleged that his wife was buried without his knowledge.
Syed Mukhtar Ali believes his wife was murdered in an “honour killing” by her parents and family. He wants the body to be exhumed and an independent autopsy/post mortem to be held to establish the real cause of death.