Pakistani-Italian woman in honour killing

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Pakistani police say they have arrested the father and the uncle suspected in an "honour" killing of a 25-year-old Italian citizen, a woman of Pakistani origin who refused to marry the man they chose for her.

Sana's death had been initially termed as an accidental death but the about honor killing details came down to light after the local police thrived their investigation towards the family as social media erupted out that Sana's death was a murder. The father then took on board his son, Adnan Mustafa, and brother, Mazhar Iqbal, and hatched a plan to kill her.

"The body of Cheema was exhumed in the presence of a woman judge and samples have been sent for forensic text in Lahore", Kunja police station official Waqar Ahmad told news agency.

Police initiated the probe after reports published in Italian media that Cheema was killed by her family members over the marriage issue, Ahmad said.

"Her parents are innocent, they don't have any role in her death", he said.

They claimed that Ms Cheema had wanted to marry someone in Italy, against her family's wishes. The magistrate decided the application the same day and ordered that the body be exhumed without delay. Sana arrived in the country three months ago.

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Members of the Pakistani community in Brescia, Italy, rallied there over the weekend, demanding that authorities investigate to find out what happened to her. On the issue, the Italian foreign ministry remarked that it has kept an eye on the case, adding that it is determined to reach to the bottom of the case.

Even though murder is an unacceptable crime honor killings are still prevailing in Pakistan and its neighborhood India, according to a report almost 500 honor killings have been recorded in Pakistan in 2017 alone.

If confirmed, her case will be the second recently publicized honour killing in Punjab.

In 2016, Samia Shahid, a British-Pakistani woman from Bradford, died while visiting her relatives in Pakistan.

Her first husband, Chaudhry Muhammad Shakeel, is accused of her murder and is awaiting trial.

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