RAWALPINDI - There seems to be a twist in the case of suspected murder of a British born woman in Jhelum as police on yesterday claimed that mother and sister of the deceased were not present in Pakistan the day Samia died in Pindori of Mangla Cantt.

However, the police have begun the process of getting travel details of both the ladies, who were accused of killing the woman, the police officer added.

While, Mukhtar Kazim, the complainant and second husband of Samia Shahid, in the First Information Report (FIR) registered with Police Station (PS) Mangla Cantt on July 23, 2016 stated that Samia’s sister Madiha phoned her telling about illness of their father Muhammad Shahid and requesting Samia to come to Pakistan to inquire after the health of her father. Mukhtar also accused Imtiaz Bibi, the mother of Samia, of supporting the murder of his wife.

The investigators also grilled Ambareen Bibi, a close friend of Samia, who received her at Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport (BBIIAP) on July 14, 2016 after arrival from Sharjah, revealed a source.

Another police officer, who was part of the police team investigating the murder case, also said that Samia Shahid was the patient of asthma and she apparently died with a severe asthma attack as the police investigators who visited the crime scene also recovered an inhaler from her purse.

According to a senior police official, on condition of anonymity, told this scribe that it was suggested during investigation that the two accused Imtiaz and Madiha Shahid were not present in Pakistan the day when the British born girl had died.

He said that police were interrogating the case on different angles while official requests were also moved to the authorities concerned both in Pakistan and United Kingdom (UK) for obtaining ladies’ travel details. “Rawalpindi police have completed its work and handed over all the findings of inquiry to the head of the high level commission formed by Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif,” said the police official.

SHO Mangla Cantt Malik Aqeel Abbas confirmed that the mother and sister of Samia were not present in Pakistan rather they arrived from UK on July 21, 2016, a day after the death of the British born woman.

“Imtiaz Bibi and Madiha Shahid neither could see last glimpse of Samia nor attended her burial ceremony,” the SHO said adding that the both the ladies flown back to UK after two days.

He informed that Muhammad Shakil, the ex-hubby of Samia, got pre arrest bail from a court of law and started cooperating with the police in the case probe.

Meanwhile, Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja contacted the Punjab Forensic Lab to asking it to issue the experts’ report as soon as possible to establish the cause of the death.

Samia Bibi, a British born woman of Pakistani origin, was allegedly killed by her parents for marrying with a man of her own choice. A murder case was lodged with Mangla Cantt police on complaint of Mukhtar Kazim, the second hubby of Samia. A UK Labourer Party MP Naz Shah approached Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to investigate the murder case.

Federal Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan also took notice of the incident and ordered investigation.