Couple shot dead in Pakistan 'honour killing'

 

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A young couple have been shot dead in Pakistan in a suspected honour killing.

Saif Rehman, 31, who lived in Glasgow, and his wife Uzma Naurin, 30, from New York, are said to have been targeted in Gujrat on November 1.

Reports say their car was ambushed by four men and Mr Rehman was killed instantly before Mrs Naurin was taken away with the group. Her body was found a few hours later hidden in bushes nearby.

The couple's friend, Saif Ali, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, told the BBC that the couple were in the country for a family wedding and were returning from a shopping trip when they were killed.

He said: "They were going back home and basically, all of a sudden, the driver just stopped the car.

"Four people were in a different car which stopped in front of them.

"They pulled Saif and his sister and his wife out of the car and as soon as he was pulled out of the car, they shot him without saying anything."

Mr Ali added: "Five minutes up the road they basically killed her (Uzma Naurin) as well.

"She wasn't found until quite a bit of time later.

"Probably about three or four hours later she was found as they had basically put her in the shrubs somewhere, just on the side of the road."

Police in the Punjab region of Pakistan are understood to be investigating whether the couple, who reportedly married in Glasgow in February, were the victims of an "honour killing". They are said to be treating their deaths as a targeted attack.

Mr Ali told the BBC that Mr Rehman's sister and niece were in the same car as the couple, but were not killed after being asked to identify themselves. It is also reported that nothing was stolen from the vehicle.

The Foreign Office is not involved in the case as Mr Rehman was a Pakistani national and Mrs Naurin was a US citizen.

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