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Couple from Britain murdered in Pakistan `in wedding row`

International Desk |
Update: 2010-08-09 02:39:22

LONDON: A couple from Birmingham in central England have been murdered in Pakistan, police said, after getting caught up in what was thought to be a row over a wedding.

The Foreign Office confirmed that a British man had been killed in Pakistan and they were in contact with his family.

The man, Gul Wazir, and his partner lived in Britain`s second city.

"We have been informed of the murder of two people from Birmingham in Pakistan," a West Midlands Police spokeswoman told AFP on Sunday.

"The murder inquiry is being carried out by the authorities in Pakistan and we will support their investigation as and when required."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP: "We can confirm that a British man has been killed in Pakistan and we are offering consular assistance to the family."

Wazir`s neighbour, May Sparrow, said she believed he had gone to Pakistan because of a dispute over his daughter`s wedding.

"I would imagine he went to Pakistan because he didn`t want his daughter to marry this other person," she said.

"It sort of fits perfectly that if his daughter didn`t want to marry someone over there he would step in and stop it."

Gul Wazir was a taxi driver and his former boss, Mohammad Siddique, said the murdered man had been to see him before he left and had talked of resolving a "family clash."

"Gul Wazir came to see me... and said he was going to Pakistan the following day to sort out some family problems," said Siddique.

"He was a very good worker and such a nice man. He was like my older brother."

BDST: 0950 HRS, August 09, 2010

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