A father who was allegedly involved in the ‘honour killing’ of Bradford born Samia Shahid in Pakistan has died.
28-year-old Samia Shahid was allegedly raped and strangled by her ex-husband while visiting relatives in Punjab, Pakistan.
Her mother and father were accused of luring her to Pakistan by telling her that her father, Chaudhry Muhammad Shahid, 52, was critically ill.
Her second husband Syed Mukhtar Kazim, who she secretly married and moved to Dubai with after they wed in 2014, claimed his wife did not die of a heart attack and was killed because her family disapproved of their marriage.
Initially it was claimed Samia had died of a heart attack but after accusations from her second husband of foul play a post-mortem examination was carried out and confirmed she had been strangled.
Samia’s ex-husband Chaudhry Muhammad Shakeel was arrested soon after and is currently awaiting trial.
Her father, Chaudhry Muhammad Shahid, was also arrested as a suspected accessory and released on bail
It has now emerged that Mr Shahid died earlier this week in a hospital in Lahore, the cause of death has not yet been announced.
A documentary on the killing of Samia Shahid was due to be broadcast on BBC Two tonight, but has been postponed following her father’s death
In a BBC programme called Murdered for Love?, her first husband speaks of his heartbreak after the death of his wife and said he felt a “helpless” fear when he dropped his wife at the airport to travel to Pakistan.
A BBC spokesman said tonight: “We have postponed the programme out of respect for the family. The decision was only made today after we heard of Samia’s father’s death.
“Although neither he nor his immediate family were featured in our documentary we decided to postpone it. This is all very sudden.
“Programmes are subject to change and as yet we have not rescheduled it.”