‘Honour killing’ perpetrators will be brought to justice
Assurances made in bid to uncover the truth for Bradford’s Samia
On what would have been honour killing victim Samia Shahid’s 29th birthday, calls for justice to be brought to those guilty of her murder remain as loud as ever.
The former Bradford resident was strangled to death in a ‘premeditated and cold-blooded honour killing’ according to police findings, after members of her family disapproved of her divorce and subsequent remarriage.
A 43-page document, published two months ago, alleges that her father, Mohammed Shahid, helped Samia’s ex-husband, Mohammed Shakil, commit the killing in the family’s ancestral village of Pandori, in the state of Punjab, on 20th July.
This past week, Bradford West MP, Naz Shah, met with Pakistan’s Federal Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, to discuss the case.
“The case of Samia is progressing through the courts in Pakistan,” Ms Shah said.
“It was only last week that I met with Pakistan’s Interior Minister who provided assurances that the perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice.”
Calls for ‘justice’ have previously been echoed by Samia’s friends and women’s rights campaigners around the world yet the case continues to take twists and turns.
Just last week, Samia’s family lodged a case against her and her second husband, Mukhtar Syed Kazam, alleging that her divorce documents were forged and therefore invalid.
Despite the claims, campaigners have deemed the appeal as a final attempt to evade justice from Samia’s family.
Ms Shah added: “We must remember that Samia was forced into her first marriage and under Shariah Law this constitutes to the marriage being null and void.
“I have every faith that the Pakistan authorities will deal with all matters accordingly and that a full trial will take place.
“It was only last month that Pakistan passed a landmark bill that guarantees mandatory prison sentences of 25 years for perpetrators of so-called ‘honour killings’.”
Following her meeting with Mr Ali Khan in London, the Pakistani politician reiterated his country’s determination to properly investigate the claims.
“As I have said previously, the Government of Pakistan is committed bringing to justice those that committed this heinous crime,” he said.