UK woman feared to be victim of ‘honour killing’ had large bruise on her neck 

Samia Shahid, 28, from Bradford, was found dead last week while visiting relatives in Pakistan after leaving her first husband and remarryingA British woman feared to be the victim of a so-called honour killing had a large bruise on her neck, her grieving husband said.

Samia Shahid, from Bradford, died last week while visiting relatives in Pakistan.

 Her husband, Syed Mukhtar Kazam, believes his wife may have been strangled and police have launched a murder investigation 

He said: “I am not trusting the doctors and I am not trusting the police at the moment because the evidence I have now has changed everything.

“I have got the post-mortem report which clearly says she had a bruise mark – 19cm – that is around her neck.”

Bradford West MP Naz Shah said: “I have seen some pictures which are quite graphic – that does really raise some serious concerns.

“We need to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible.”

Ms Shah told the BBC she is ‘confident’ that answers will be found about what happened as it became ‘a murder investigation within 48 hours and since senior police officers have been appointed to this case’.

The family of Samia, 28, have denied any involvement in her death, saying she died of natural causes.

She married Mr Kazam in Leeds in 2014 after leaving her first husband, a cousin from Pakistan.

 Mr Kazam believes she was killed because of her marriage to him. 

He said his wife moved to live with him in Dubai last year but had made trips to the UK to talk to her parents about the relationship.

He said she went to Pakistan on July 14 as a member of her family was ill.

Mr Kazam said his wife had been healthy and he did not believe reports of her dying naturally.

The cause of her death has been variously reported as being from a heart or asthma attack.


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