Lahore: While the husband of a Pakistani-origin British woman claims his wife was killed by her parents for converting to Shia Islam, her father has retracted from his earlier statement now saying she had committed suicide. “My daughter, Samia, 28, has committed suicide,” said Chaudhry Shahid who earlier had claimed that Samia died of cardiac arrest. Shahid changed his statement before a four-member police investigation team.
Earlier, Shahid had insisted that his daughter did not commit suicide as she suffered a fatal heart-attack and died without receiving medical aid. Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has constituted a new team to investigate the matter. Samia, from Dhok Pandori village, Jehlum, had come to Pakistan from Dubai over two weeks ago to see her ailing father and was allegedly murdered on July 20. Syed Mukhtar Kazim, second husband of Samia, told police his wife had been killed by her family members for marrying against the will of her parents.