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Help for Pakistan shooting widow Rubana Mukhtar

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Media captionRubina Mukhtar describes the shooting of her husband Azhar Iqbal

The Foreign Office and an MP say they are assisting the wife of a Birmingham man shot dead in Pakistan in front of their daughter.

Rubana Mukhtar said her husband Azhar Iqbal, from Stetchford, died after the family were attacked by masked gunmen in Rawalpindi on 11 January.

Ms Mukhtar, who was shot in the foot, said the police in Pakistan were not doing enough.

Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming said the shooting was "horrendous".

The Foreign Office said it was assisting the family during their "distressing" time.

Ms Mukhtar told BBC News her family were near the end of a three-week trip to the country visiting family. They were due to return to the UK on Sunday.

They were doing last-minute shopping one evening when the shooting happened.

"On the way home, we were stopped by two masked gunmen who demanded that whatever we had on us, that we hand it over," she said.

"As we were doing so, there was a struggle between the gunman and my husband and there was a shot that was fired which hit my foot - one foot then the other.

Image caption John Hemming said he may contact the authorities in Pakistan

"Then a couple of seconds later, two further shots which hit my husband.

"He fell to the ground and the gunman, or gunmen rode away on a motorbike."

She said her husband suffered stomach wounds and was taken to a military hospital.

She realised afterwards she had a foot injury and was taken to another hospital.

Her sister-in-law took the couple's daughter to see her father. But Ms Mukhtar said her nine-year-old daughter said the medical staff did not do enough to help him.

"She said that they were not helping because they said there were no male relatives there," Ms Mukhtar said.

The Pakistan police have since visited her every "second or third day but ask the same questions".

"They have taken my statement four times and it was difficult enough the first time," she said.

"They just ask the same questions and return without giving us any sort of information.

"I feel like no-one is supporting us".

'Doing everything'

Lib Dem MP Mr Hemming said it was important to demonstrate to authorities, in the UK and abroad, that "somebody is not forgotten".

"It's a horrendous situation," he said.

"You have questions to be sorted out, like what happened in the hospital and whether the authorities are approaching it in the right way.

"There are things that can be done."

He said his office had emailed the Foreign Office and he would consider contacting the Pakistani authorities next.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office confirmed the attack on two British nationals which led to the subsequent death of one of them.

"We understand that this is a distressing time for the family and we are doing everything we can to assist them," the Foreign Office said.

"Consular staff are liaising with the Pakistan local authorities and are providing regular assistance to the family."

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