Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

Lahore High Court orders inquiry into murder of Scottish mother killed in Pakistan

The family of a Pakistani woman from Scotland who was murdered in "suspicious circumstances" whilst on holiday in the Punjab have appealed to authorities there to review the investigation into her death.

Mumtaz Sattar, 38, from Port Glasgow, died soon after arriving in Lahore with her husband Abdul on 21 September.

Mr Sattar claimed his wife died after the couple had drunk poisoned tea before they were thrown out of a taxi they caught from Lahore Airport.

A post-mortem report found a bone in Mrs Sattar's neck was fractured suggesting that she had been throttled.

Mr Sattar has now been arrested after his wife's family asked the High Court in Lahore to investigate the police handling of the case.

The family's lawyer Aamer Anwar told BBC Scotland: "A serious allegation has been made of bribery of police officers that are involved in the case.

"At each and every turn the family appears to have been obstructed, as a result of which advocates lodged a petition at the High Court in Lahore yesterday in which they name one murder suspect and ask for the authorities to bring the police officers concerned to the High Court to answer questions."

Suspicions were raised after Mr Sattar applied to obtain travel documents to return to Britain days after his wife's death and reportedly threatened her family with taking the couple's two children, aged 10 and 13, back to Pakistan. 

Mr Sattar's residency status in Scotland is unclear.

Mr Anwar had earlier said Pakistani authorities have been told Mr Sattar should not be allowed to leave as he is the only witness to his wife's murder.

The solicitor said: "My understanding is Mr Sattar's primary concern is to return to this country. And I have said on behalf of Mrs Sattar's family that if he wants his wife's killers to be caught, his primary concern should be to remain in Pakistan and assist the police with all their inquiries, rather than trying to do everything possible to return to this country.

"I don't understand why this man seems to be motivated by simply getting on the next flight home. He is as it remains the only eyewitness to this murder, so it doesn't help anyone if he tries to leave the country."

Meanwhile the newly appointed governor of the Punjab, former MP for Glasgow Mohammad Sarwar, has told Mrs Sattar's family that he will do everything possible to have her killers brought to justice.

Mr Sarwar, who became Britain's first Muslim MP in 1997 when he won the Glasgow Govan seat, renounced his British citizenship in August ahead of his inauguration as governor of Pakistan's most populous province.

Mr Anwar said: "He knows how the system operates, both in this country and in Pakistan, and what we hope is that he will put pressure on the authorities to help bring the killers to justice.

"It is as simple as that - the family want justice".



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