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Pakistan Police Investigate Alleged 'Honor Killing' of British Woman

Samia Shahid’s death has become a high-profile investigation in Pakistan

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    An Activist of the Awami Workers Party chants slogans during a demonstration in Islamabad, Pakistan, on July 18, 2016. Nearly 1,000 women are murdered in Pakistan each year for violating conservative norms on love, marriage and public behavior. The so-called "honor killings" are often carried out by family members.

    Authorities in Pakistan are investigating the death of a British woman suspected to be an “honor killing,” police told NBC News on Wednesday. 

    Samia Shahid’s husband, Syed Mukhtar, Kazim claims she was murdered because of her marriage to him. Shahid was visiting her estranged parents in northeastern Pakistan, where she died on July 20.

    Police are investigating Shahid’s father and a cousin in her death, and told NBC News they are also looking for her former husband.

    A “mark” was spotted on her neck after her death, and police said there was “foaming from her mouth, but that could be normal.” The family, according to police, say Shahid “fell ill and just died.” A final forensic report hasn’t been released yet. 

    Shahid’s death has become a high-profile investigation in Pakistan. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday promised a "transparent and swift probe" into the case.