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Pakistan arrests man accused in “honor killing” of his 18-year-old daughter who disappeared in Italy

A Pakistani man suspected of killing his 18-year-old daughter in Italy after she reportedly refused an organized marriage has been arrested and is being questioned by investigators within the capital, Islamabad, a senior police official mentioned Friday. 

Shabbir Abbas was arrested in his village within the japanese Punjab province following a tip-off by Italian authorities and native police, the official Anwar Saeed Kingra advised The Related Press.

His daughter, Saman Abbas, was final seen in April 2021 by neighbors within the neighborhood of her household’s dwelling within the farm city of Novellara, close to the town of Reggio Emilia. Just a few days later, a Milan airport video confirmed her mother and father, who had reportedly been pressuring her to marry a person she had by no means met, catching a flight to Pakistan.

Amir Shaheen, one other senior Pakistani police investigator, mentioned the lady’s father was being sought by Italian police on a cost of killing his daughter.

He refused to share any additional particulars, saying the suspect was within the custody of the nation’s Federal Investigation Company, which was approached by Interpol to hunt the arrest and extradition of the person to Italy in reference to the homicide of the lady.

No officers from the company or Pakistan’s Overseas Ministry have been instantly obtainable for remark, and it’s unclear if the nation has an extradition treaty with Italy. Authorities say Italian police have been on the lookout for the person after he fled to Pakistan alongside together with his spouse, who has but to be arrested.

Authorities in Italy final week found a physique in a shallow grave in an deserted constructing close to the household dwelling. Italian media reported that it may take two months to verify the identification of the stays.

Earlier than her disappearance, the lady advised her boyfriend in Italy, who can also be of Pakistani origin, that her mother and father needed to marry her off to an older man of their homeland however that she was refusing. After going to authorities, the lady was allowed to remain at a shelter however later returned dwelling, reportedly after her household despatched her textual content messages begging her to return again, Italian information studies mentioned on the time.

Italy has already arrested the uncle of the lady after his extradition from France. Danish Hasnain was detained underneath a European arrest warrant in France, the BBC reported.

Police launched CCTV footage from April 29, 2021, which appeared to indicate three suspects strolling with spades, a crowbar and a blue bag, the BBC reported. Investigators on the time mentioned Abbas’s mother and father and certainly one of her cousins fled from Italy after she went lacking.

Organized marriages are the norm amongst many conservative Pakistanis, and tons of of girls are murdered yearly in so-called “honor killings” carried out by husbands or kin as a punishment for alleged adultery or different illicit sexual conduct.

In 2020, Pakistani authorities arrested two males for allegedly murdering two feminine members of the family after a video which confirmed them being kissed by a person was posted on-line.

Supporters of Tehrik-e-Minhaj ul Quran,
Supporters of Tehrik-e-Minhaj ul Quran, an Islamic group, protest towards “honor killings” of girls in Lahore, Pakistan, in a November 2008 file picture.

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