Samia Shahid, 28, from Bradford, died in an alleged honour killing in Pakistan in July 2016 after travelling to visit her father
A husband who was arrested over the honour killing of his ex-wife is allegedly planning to return to the UK with his new British partner.
Samia Shahid, 28, from Manningham, Bradford, West Yorkshire, died in Pakistan in July 2016 after travelling to visit her father, whom she had been told was seriously ill.
Muhammad Shakeel, who is on bail, was arrested three years ago for her alleged murder and police later stated he had confessed to strangling the beauty therapist.
However confessions obtained under arrest in Pakistan are not admissable in criminal proceedings and three years on the case hasn’t gone to trial.
Now Ms Shahid’s MP Naz Shah has written to the Prime Minister of Pakistan after hearing the alleged murderer may be seeking entry into the UK with his new wife.
The Bradford politician said it was a ‘very worrying and very alarming’ situation and that she hoped the Home Secretary would block Shakeel’s entry to the UK.
Ms Shahid’s family arranged her marriage to her first cousin Shakeel in February 2012 in Jhelum, in the Northern Punjab.
She later obtained a divorce from Shakeel under Shariah law and married Syed Mukhtar Kazim in Leeds before moving to Dubai to live with him.
Ms Shahid’s first husband Muhammad Shakeel, pictured together, is suspected of killing the beauty therapist and is said to be planning a return to the UK with his new British wife
In July 2016, Ms Shahid received a telephone call, claiming that father was critically ill in Pakistan.
In order to visit her father, Ms Shahid flew to Islamabad airport against the advice of her husband, who believed that the call was a lie because Ms Shahid’s family felt a furious sense of shame towards their daughter for divorcing her first husband.
Ms Shahid was found dead in her cousin’s home in Punjab, Pakistan, on 20 July 2016, six days after landing in Pakistan.
Pakistan Police launched a murder investigation, after it was originally suggested Ms Shahid had died of natural causes.
Mukhtar Kazim claims Ms Shahid was murdered by her family because they rejected their marriage.
On the basis of his complaint, Ms Shahid’s father, Muhammad Shahid, and Shakeel were arrested by Jhelum police and sent to jail on remand.
Ms Shahid divorced her first husband and remarried Syed Mukhtar Kazim, pictured together, in Leeds before moving to Dubai to live with him. He warned her against flying to Pakistan as he suspected her father’s illness was a lie
On 14 August 2016, police stated that Shakeel confessed to strangling Shahid.
However Abu Bakar Khuda Bakash, the senior Punjab police officer in charge of the investigation, said at the time that ‘confessional statements have no value.’
He told the Telegraph: ‘Confessional statements have no value in the court so we are not looking for a confessional statement from the accused or anyone else. We are looking for evidence.’
In September 2018 the BBC reported that Shakeel had been freed on bail due to a lack of progress in the trial and that he denies Ms Shahid’s murder.
In the letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, Naz Shah MP wrote: ‘Samia was raped and murdered in an alleged honour crime three years ago.
‘Despite the accused having spent two years in custody and subsequently being released on bail, the case has faced significant delay and sadly for the victim’s husband the justice and closure that is desperately needed is being denied.
‘I am further being led to believe that Mohammad Shakeel (ex-husband), who remains on bail for the rape and murder of Samia Shahid is seeking to enter the UK having married another British citizen.
‘Whilst no justice has been provided and no trial has taken place, this news is extremely worrying and potentially dangerous.’
She added that ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ and called for personal assurances from the Prime Minister that there is no undue influence delaying this case.
After her death Ms Shahid’s father Muhammad Shahid and Shakeel, pictured with a police officer centre, were arrested. However three years later the case hasn’t gone to trial
Ms Shahid’s father, Chaudhry Muhammad Shahid, pictured, was held as a suspected accessory to murder but released on bail. He died in January 2018 in Pakistan
Ms Shah has sent copies of the letter to the Home Secretary Priti Patel and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urging them to make representation to their counterparts in Pakistan concerning this matter.
Ms Shahid’s family has always strongly denied any involvement in her death.
Shortly after the 28-year-old’s death, it emerged that Ms Shahid was found with a bruise on her neck – even though the original report from a post-mortem examination indicated there were no physical marks on her.
Ms Shahid’s father, Chaudhry Muhammad Shahid, was held as a suspected accessory to murder but released on bail. He died in January 2018 in Pakistan.
Ms Shahid’s second husband Syed Mukhtar Kazam, who she married in 2014, spoke in a BBC Two documentary last year about the loss of his wife.
Mr Mukhtar recalled his ‘helpless’ fear as he dropped his wife at the airport ahead of her ‘fatal’ trip to Pakistan to join her apparently ailing father and the rest of her family, who were in the country for a funeral. Six days later, she was dead.
Mukhtar Kazim claims Ms Shahid, pictured, was murdered by her family because they rejected her second marriage to him
Grieving Mr Mukhtar reveals on the show how his wife had been desperate for forgiveness from her family – who made no secret of their shame over the breakdown of her first, arranged marriage.
‘How could a father do that to his daughter?’ he asks of the fateful decision to send Samia to Pakistan to marry her cousin.
‘He raised up a child all his life, loved and cared so much for the child, and finally he just decides that she’s no more his daughter – but a cow to go the market and sell.’
Who was Samia Shahid? The Bradford beauty therapist murdered in an alleged honour killing?
A British Muslim allegedly raped and murdered in an honour killing was lured to her death in Pakistan by her mother and sister who lied and said her father was dying, court papers claim.
Samia Shahid, 28, from Bradford, was allegedly the victim of a ‘devious plan’ by her family who wanted her dead because she left the cousin she was forced to marry.
Police in Pakistan have accused her father Mohammad Shahid and first husband Mohammad Shakeel of murder and prosecutors want the death penalty if they are convicted.
But a final report on her death shows that Samia’s mother Imtiaz and sister Madiha are accused of ’emotionally blackmailing’ her to visit Pakistan and are wanted on suspicion of ‘abetting the murder’.
Madiha and her older sister allegedly exchanged calls 15 in as many days, with Madiha ‘crying’ to say that their father, who has diabetes, was perilously ill in hospital.
Samia’s mother Imtiaz ‘also painted a grim picture of her father’s condition on telephone’, the report says, and ’emotionally blackmailed her daughter to plan her fatal trip to Pakistan’.
She was then convinced to come to Pakistan from Dubai, where she lived with her second husband, Syed Mukhtar Kazim.
Her family initially tried to get her to fly to Pakistan after her aunt died – but she refused so they then hatched a plan using her father’s health, it is claimed.
Mother and daughter were allegedly allowed to flee the country before arrest by a local police inspector, who failed to seize their passports and has since been arrested.
28-year-old Samia landed in Pakistan on July 15 but just days later she was allegedly brutally raped and murdered.
Court papers claim that after arriving at her ancestral village in the Punjab her first husband Mohammed Shakeel was ordered by her father to watch her at all times.
On July 20, the day before she was due to return to her husband in Dubai, she refused to tell Shakeel where her passport and plane ticket were kept.
‘Shakeel then, after terrorizing her, threw her on the bed and committed rape’, the report says.
Samia then rushed out of the room and said she would go straight to the British High Commission.
Her father Mohammed Shahid was on a veranda and met them at the bottom of the stairs where she told him she was leaving.
The court report claims ‘Shahid gave Shakeel a nod’ and ‘Shakeel started to strangle her with her scarf whereas Shahid held her legs, killing her within a short span of time’.
The family then allegedly carried out a ‘cover up’, claiming she died of natural causes, and she was quickly buried in the village cemetery.
But her current husband Syed Mukhtar Kazim became suspicious and flew to Pakistan and went to the police, who would later arrest her father and first husband.
Her sister and mother were allegedly allowed to flee Pakistan on July 27 thanks to a police officer who ignored orders to seize their passports. They are believed to be in Britain.