Scottish Pakistani convicted of murdering wife in Pakistan


GLASGOW: A man has been sentenced to life in prison with seven years’ hard labour after being found guilty of drugging, robbing and murdering his wife during a holiday to Pakistan reported The Herald. 

Mumtaz Sattar, 38, a mother-of-two, was killed by husband Abdul Sattar after they arrived at Lahore Airport on Saturday September 21, 2013.

Sattar had claimed that he and his wife were doped, robbed and thrown out of a taxi.

However, the truth emerged after the wife’s family instructed Glasgow-based lawyer Aamer Anwar to instruct a private prosecution team in Pakistan.

Following a trial, Anwar said on Tuesday that Sattar and three co-accused have now been convicted of the murder.

They were sentenced to life imprisonment and fined Rs700,000 (£8160) at the Additional Session Court in Shahkot, Punjab, Pakistan.

All four have been convicted of doping and robbing Mumtaz and were sentenced to seven years custody with hard labour for each charge and a Rs30,000 (£350) fine for the robbery.

In a statement issued on behalf of Mumtaz’s family, Anwar said: “Mumtaz Sattar’s family have struggled long and hard for justice following her murder in September 2013.

“This was a coldly calculated and evil murder perpetrated by Abdul Sattar and three other men.

“The sole motive appears to have been his greed for money and wish to remarry. He took her to Pakistan with a plan hatched to murder her within hours of their arrival.

“He hoped by burying her within 12 hours and a wildly concocted story he would cover his tracks and escape to the UK.”

Mumtaz leaves two daughters, aged 14 and 17, who live with their maternal grandmother in Glasgow.

Anwar added: “Mumtaz’s family believes that she will now be in peace and that they can finally grieve for her loss as they have justice.”