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Greater Manchester businessman feared 'murder bid'

The wife of a Greater Manchester businessman who was shot dead in Pakistan, has revealed that he feared he would be killed.

Tariq Hafeez, 44, from Prestwich, was killed as he left Lahore Airport in a taxi on 6 May.

His wife Samreen said she believed he had been targeted at least once before.

The body of the father-of-six was flown back to Manchester on Thursday. Mrs Hafeez said her husband never told her who might be trying to kill him.

Mrs Hafeez said: "My husband told me many times, 'someone is out to kill me'."

'Used to cry'

She flew out to Lahore immediately after learning of his death to meet with Pakistani authorities and arrange to have his body released to be flown home.

After returning to Manchester she said: "I used to cry, I never asked who wanted to kill him.

"He used to say, 'I wonder if I will come back from Pakistan or not'."

The businessman, who ran a textiles import/export company, had been on a business trip in the country.

His brothers, who live in Greater Manchester and Pakistan, have said that they are not aware of any reason why anybody would have wanted to kill the man they described as "the nicest guy".

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it was making inquiries into the death.

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