Honour killing’ victim Samia Shahid was raped before her death

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Beauty therapist Samia Shahid, 28, who died while visiting family in Pandori, Pakistan Wife killed by her family in Pakistan, says husband.

The British victim of a so-called ‘honour killing’ in Pakistan was raped before her death, according to police investigating.

Beauty therapist Samia Shahid, 28, from Bradford, was strangled after she visited relatives in Punjab in July.

She was buried in a local cemetery after relatives claimed she died of a heart attack.

But the crime came to light after her new husband spoke out, along with Labour MP Naz Shah, demanding her body be exhumed for a fresh post-mortem examination.

Photographs of her body show a deep gash to her neck, where she was allegedly strangled with her scarf by her former husband.

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Her second husband, Syed Mukhtar Kazim, believes she was targeted because family members did not approve of her divorce and subsequent conversion from Sunni to Shia Islam to remarry.

The lead Pakistani investigator in the case told the BBC that Ms Shahid was assaulted before her murder, which he believes was carried out by her father and former husband.

He added that he wanted her mother and sister to return to the country to answer questions about if they played a role.

According to local police, Ms Shahid’s former husband Chaudhry Muhammad Shakeel confessed to strangling her with her scarf.

He is being held in custody along with her father, who is accused of being an accessory to murder.