Friend of “honour killing” couple speaks out

A CUMBERNAULD man is appealing for justice after his close friend was shot dead in Pakistan in what is believed to have been an ‘honour killing’.

Saif Ali from Cumbernauld, is understood to be a friend of Saif Rehman (31) and his wife Uzma Naurin (30), who were gunned down on November 1 in the Gujrat region of Pakistan.

The couple were allegedly returning from a shopping trip when four men pulled Mr Rehman from the car and shot him before bundling his wife back in the car, killing her and dumping her body a short distance away.

Saif Ali is now demanding action after it is claimed that Uzma’s family were not happy with her marriage to Mr Rehman, and that the circumstances surrounding the couple’s death would suggest that the killing was an act of retribution for Uzma’s ‘dishonour’.

Saif has been widely reported as saying: “They were going back home and basically, all of a sudden, the driver just stopped the car.

“Four people were in a different car which stopped in front of them.

“They pulled Saif and his sister and his wife out of the car and as soon as he was pulled out of the car they shot him without saying anything.”

Mr Ali said that “no words were exchanged” between Mr Rehman and the people who shot him.

He added: “Five minutes up the road they basically killed her (Uzma Naurin) as well.

“She wasn’t found until quite a bit of time later.

“Probably about three or four hours later she was found as they had put her in the shrubs somewhere, just on the side of the road.”