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Ahmed Bashir

In 1996 Ahmed Bashir, 21 was murdered in Hounslow, West London on being discovered to be in a relationship with Nighat Afsar, 20. Her brothers discovered the affair after Ahmed refused to give back her car and Nighat was forced to confess. In response, they accosted Ahmed outside his home and stabbed him 43 times, mainly in the groin. They then pressurised Nighat to return to Pakistan, where she had been forced into an arranged marriage and threatened to kill her as well. She later fled and returned to the UK.

The brothers both received a life sentence. One of the brothers Asfhar was already serving another life sentence for a previous murder at the time of the attack.




Naziat Khan

Naziat Khan, UK.

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.”



Shakeela Begum Khan

Shakeela Begum Khan

In 1976 Shakeela Begum Khan was murdered, allegedly by her estranged husband.

She had married Rasib in 1965, a Pakistani émigré who had become wealthy after working for years in London factories and eventually moving on to buy and develop properties. Together they settled down, Shakeela looking after Rasib’s son Khalid from a previous affair and their daughter Yasmin. Problems started after a family trip to Pakistan. Whilst there, without permission from her husband, Shakeela decided to give away her jewellery to a poorer relative. Rasib, furious at Shakeela’s independent actions reacted: while Shakeela sheltered from him with her family, Rasib quickly married another woman from a nearby village and using Shakeela’s passport returned to the UK with his new wife and Yasmin. Shakeela, having A-levels and some English managed to return to London to reunite with her daughter but the couple remained separated. After a court hearing Shakeela gained custody of her daughter on weekdays, while Rasib was to look after her at weekends. This act of defiance, in challenging his custody of the children was unusual in the Pakistani community in the 1970s. Shakeela worked hard to keep her small family, living in a bedsit and working long hours in a fish and chip shop. However tension arose when Yasmin started to protest at having to leave her mother at the weekends. In 1976 this tension broke. Somebody bust into Shakeela’s house while Yasmin was at school, set up the room to look like Shakeela was a prostitute (shaming her even further) and murdered her. Rasib was initially arrested for her murder, but he denied responsibility and was acquitted for her murder on lack of evidence.

Writing about her mother, her daughter described Shakeela as a ‘beautiful, sassy, educated young Muslim woman’ who was deeply missed. After her murder the young Yasmin went to live wither her father and stepmother, precipitating a period of abuse and fear which ended when she managed to have herself taken in by social services.