Aussie ‘hacked to death by father-in-law’

Sajida Tasneem was allegedly killed with an axe after an argument about relocating back to Australia.

An Australian woman has allegedly been hacked to death by her father-in-law in Pakistan.

BBC Urdu reported Sajida Tasneem had been forced by her husband, Ayub Ahmad, to leave their home in Perth and move to Pakistan with her three children.

She was allegedly killed with an axe after an argument about relocating back to Australia.

According to a police report, she was arguing with her father-in-law who confiscated the family’s passports after hearing of her intention to move home.

She was allegedly gagged and killed in front of her own father at a home she shared with her in-laws near the city of Sargodha in the country’s north on June 11.

Ms Tasneem reportedly wanted to return to Perth to give her children a better education.

Her husband was reportedly working in Bahrain as an engineer at the time.

In one of her final Facebook posts before her death, Ms Tasneem wrote about women being killed by their “brothers, father or husband”.

“God knows how long this law of horror and ignorance will continue here, not the jungle,” she wrote.

“Why is it that a woman is killed every time in the name of honour?”

Her father Sher Muhammad Khan told BBC Urdu of his grief.

“We have been wronged. My daughter’s only fault was that she came to Pakistan after being seduced by her husband. This was disliked by the in-laws and husband Ayub,” he said.

“She wanted her children to get a higher education in Australia and not see the deprivations of life that are with us.”

Police in Punjab confirmed one person had been arrested and charged with Ms Tasneem’s murder, while a spokesperson revealed staff at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had made contact with the family to offer their condolences.

“The family is being provided consular assistance,” the spokesperson said.


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