A Pakistani man has been arrested in Italy on suspicion of murdering his 18-year-old daughter for allegedly refusing an arranged marriage and is being questioned by investigators in the capital Islamabad, a senior A police official said on Friday.
Official Anwar Saeed Kangra told The Associated Press that Shabbir Abbas was arrested in his village in eastern Punjab province after a tip-off by Italian authorities and local police.
Their daughter Suman Abbas was last seen in April 2021 by neighbors around her family’s home in the farm town of Novelara, near the city of Reggio Emilia. Days later, a video from Milan airport showed her parents, who were allegedly pressuring her to marry a man she had never met, catching a flight to Pakistan. was
Amir Shaheen, another senior investigator of the Pakistani police, said that the woman’s father was being sought by the Italian police on charges of murdering his daughter.
He declined to give further details, saying the suspect is in the custody of the country’s Federal Investigation Agency, which was contacted by Interpol to arrest the man and extradite him to Italy in connection with the woman’s murder.
No officials from the agency or Pakistan’s foreign ministry were immediately available for comment, and it was unclear whether the country had an extradition treaty with Italy. Officials say Italian police were looking for the man after he fled to Pakistan with his wife, who has not yet been arrested.
Authorities in Italy last week discovered a body in a shallow grave in an abandoned building near the family’s home. Italian media said it could take up to two months to confirm the identity of the remains.
Before she went missing, the woman told her boyfriend in Italy, who is also of Pakistani origin, that her parents wanted to marry her off to an older man in their homeland, but she was refusing. After going to the authorities, the woman was allowed to stay in a shelter but later returned home, reportedly after her family sent her text messages pleading for her to return. The time was reported in the Italian news.
Italy has already arrested the woman’s uncle after he was extradited from France. Danish Hasnain was detained in France under a European Arrest Warrant. The BBC reported.
Police released CCTV footage on April 29, 2021, showing three suspects walking with a whip, a crowbar and a blue bag, the BBC reported. Investigators at the time said Abbas’ parents and a cousin had fled Italy after the disappearance.
Arranged marriages are common among many conservative Pakistanis, and hundreds of women are killed each year in so-called “honor killings” by husbands or relatives as punishment for alleged adultery or other illicit sexual behavior. is done.
In 2020,After the two women in the family were allegedly killed, a video was posted online showing them being kissed by a man.