Suspect Shahnawaz Amir and his wife Sarah. — Twitter/ File


Suspect Shahnawaz Amir and his wife Sarah. — Twitter/ File
  • Sarah Inam laid to rest at local graveyard. 
  • Victim’s body was kept in mortuary of PIMS Hospital for last six days.
  • Family claims body this morning.

ISLAMABAD: Senior journalist Ayaz Amir’s daughter-in-law Sarah Inam’s funeral prayers were held on Wednesday after which she was laid to rest at a local graveyard.

Shahnawaz allegedly killed Sarah at home — a farmhouse in Islamabad’s Chak Shahzad area — after a row over a “family issue”. After being detained by the police as the prime suspect in the murder — he confessed to killing Sarah, saying he “thought” his spouse was having an affair.

The victim’s body was kept in the mortuary of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Hospital for the last six days since it was taken into police custody for an autopsy. Her family claimed the body this morning.

Sarah’s parents arrived in Pakistan from Canada two days after her murder, to claim the body and perform the last rites for their daughter.

Who was Sarah Inam?

Sarah Inam, 37, was a Canadian national and a successful economist who worked with Deloitte and USAID at different points of her career. She was married to Shahnawaz for just three months before being murdered.

She had a masters degree from the University of Waterloo and was currently employed in the government sector in the United Arab Emirates, as per friends and family.

Sarah is survived by her father, mother and two elder brothers.

The case 

After the incident on September 23, Shahnawaz was detained by the police from a farmhouse in Islamabad’s Chak Shahzad area for being a suspect in his wife’s murder and later confessed to killing her, saying he “thought” his spouse was having an affair. The couple was married for just three months.

Next day, a trial court approved the arrest warrants of Ayaz Amir and his former wife Sameena Shah, as the two were nominated as suspects by Sarah’s family. Amir was arrested while his former wife later acquired pre-arrest bail.

In the police report registered following the murder, an additional clause of Section 109 (punishment for abetment) of the Pakistan Penal Code was added at the request of Sarah’s uncles — Colonel (retd) Ikram and Zia-ur-Rahim — who have blamed Ayaz Amir and his former wife for their niece’s murder.

The petitioners maintained that Sameena was living at the farmhouse where Sarah was murdered.

However, during a hearing on September 27, an Islamabad court discharged Ayaz Amir from the case citing “no evidence” against him in Sarah’s murder. 


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