An Australian woman living in Pakistan has allegedly been killed with an axe by her father-in-law after revealing her plans to move back Down Under with her three children.
Sajida Tasneem, 38, was forced by her husband, Ayub Ahmad, to leave their home in Perth to move to Pakistan, according to BBC Urdu.
The engineer was allegedly gagged and killed at the home she shared with her in-laws near the city of Sargodha in the country’s north on June 11.
Her death, which allegedly took place in front of her own dad, allegedly followed an argument with her father-in-law about her desire to relocate back to Australia to give her children a better education.
After she revealed her intentions, he confiscated the family’s passports before allegedly attacking her with an axe.
Sajida Tasneem, 38, (pictured) was allegedly axed to death by her father-in-law in Pakistan on June 11
Ms Tasneem’s husband, who is also an engineer, was reportedly working in Bahrain at the time.
Police in Punjab have confirmed one person had been arrested and charged with Ms Tasneem’s murder.
Tributes have begun pouring in online for the beloved mother, who leaves behind a son and two daughters – the youngest of whom is just three years old.
‘I don’t know how to comprehend my pain,’ friend Nazia Mesia said.
‘Sajida is someone who was always ready to help , positive and beautiful soul.
‘You are in our heart and I will always cherish our memories and beautiful moments we had together.’
Ms Tasneem’s devastated father Sher Muhammad Khan told BBC Urdu his family had been ‘wronged’.
‘My daughter’s only fault was that she came to Pakistan after being seduced by her husband. This was disliked by the in-laws and husband Ayub,’ he said.
Ms Tasneem was reportedly forced to move back to Pakistan by her husband. Pictured are buses in Sargodha, in the country’s north
Ms Tasneem had hoped to return to Perth where her children could receive a better education
‘She wanted her children to get a higher education in Australia and not see the deprivations of life that are with us.’
One woman reported that the children are currently in the care of Ms Tasneem’s family in Pakistan.
She said the children are ‘traumatised’ and ‘still adjusting’ to the tragic event last week and their new lives without their mother.
In an eerie coincidence, Ms Tasneem penned a post a year before her death out women being killed by their ‘brothers, father or husband’.
‘God knows how long this law of horror and ignorance will continue here, not the jungle,’ she wrote.
‘Why is it that a woman is killed every time in the name of honour?’
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it had made contact with the family to offer their condolences.
‘The family is being provided consular assistance,’ the spokesperson said.
In a chilling coincidence, Ms Tasneem wrote a post a year before her death about women being killed by their ‘brothers, father or husband’