Glasgow & West Scotland

Murder inquiry into death of Mumtaz Sattar in Punjab

Police in Pakistan are believed to have launched a murder investigation into the death of a Scottish woman in the country's Punjab province.

Mumtaz Sattar, 38, from Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, arrived in the country with her husband Abdul, 40, on Saturday.

The couple are thought to have been drugged and attacked during a taxi ride to see Mr Sattar's parents. Mrs Sattar later died and was buried in Shahkot.

Scottish Police are helping Pakistani authorities with their investigation.

Mrs Sattar's sister, 29-year-old Mehnaz Jilani, told BBC Scotland that her sister and husband had arrived in Lahore early on Saturday morning after a flight from Glasgow.

Taxi attack

She said they were going to see Mr Sattar's parents in Pir Mahal and got into a taxi with two other men going to the same destination.

Ms Jilani said that about an hour into the three-hour journey, the taxi stopped and her sister and Mr Sattar were given tea.

She said soon afterwards, when the journey resumed, her sister felt ill and both she and her husband were attacked. It is thought they may have been drugged.

Ms Jilani said the couple were robbed and thrown out of the moving car and left on the road.

Her sister suffered a serious head injury and died. Mr Sattar was taken to hospital in the town of Shahkot and later discharged.

He is said to have attended his wife's funeral, which was held after a post-mortem examination had been carried out.

Ms Jilani said she was looking after the couple's two daughters, who are aged 10 and 13.

Scottish solicitor Aamer Anwar, who has been in touch with family members and the authorities in Pakistan, said police in the Punjab province were treating Mrs Sattar's death as murder.

He said the family had a number of questions they wanted answered about Mrs Sattar's death.

Consular assistance

The solicitor also said he had contacted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and that First Minister Alex Salmond's office would be contacting the FCO on the family's behalf.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was aware of the death of a British national on Saturday and was providing consular assistance.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "We can confirm, in relation to the death of a 38-year-old British woman on Saturday 21 September, that Police Scotland are assisting Pakistan authorities with their investigation."

The FCO said it was aware of the death of a British national in Pakistan on Saturday and was providing consular assistance.

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