Naziet Khan had been married for 16 years when she was murdered in 2001 at her home in Streatham, South London after requesting a divorce from her abusive husband. The marriage had been arranged and was unhappy, Zafar Iqbal would beat her and didn’t contribute financially to the upkeep of their four children. Eventually Naziat became sick of the situation and threw him out to look after the family alone. When she filed for a divorce Zafar decided to right what he perceived to be a slight on his honour. In front of his three daughters (he had arranged a trip to Bradford for his son) he proceeded to strangle Naziat, telling the three girls that they would be next if they told anyone. He then removed the jewellery from his dead wife’s body, dropped his children at a friend’s house and fled the country. The mother’s body was found by the older brother when he returned from his trip.
It is rumoured that Zafar Iqbal is living in his home village near the city of Rawalpindi in Pakistan but due to there being no extradition treaty between the UK and Pakistan the police have thus far failed to bring him to justice. His daughters and the women’s campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera have been campaigning to have him brought back to the UK to face trial.
“We loved our mum so much. She didn’t deserve what happened to her and to think her killer is still out there is too painful for words.”
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