Australian woman Sajida Tasneem allegedly axed to death by her father-in-law in Pakistan
Australian mother ‘has been hacked to death with an ax by her father-in-law after revealing plans to return Down Under from Pakistan with her three children’
- Sajida Tasneem is said to have been murdered by her father-in-law in Pakistan on 11 June
- The couple got into an argument after she revealed her plans to move back to Australia
- The mother of three wanted to return to Perth for the sake of raising her children
- Her father-in-law has been charged with murder as tributes pour in for her online
An Australian woman living in Pakistan was allegedly killed with an ax by her father-in-law after she revealed her plans to return to Down Under with her three children.
Sajida Tasneem, 38, was forced to leave their home in Perth by her husband, Ayub Ahmad, to move to Pakistan, according to BBC Urdu.
The engineer is said to have been gagged and murdered on June 11 in a house she shared with her in-laws near the town of Sargodha in the north of the country.
Her death, which reportedly happened in front of her own father, reportedly followed an argument with her father-in-law over her desire to move back to Australia to give her children a better education.
After revealing her intentions, he confiscated the family’s passports before attacking her with an axe.
Sajida Tasneem, 38, (pictured) was allegedly shot dead 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 that one person has been arrested and charged with the murder of Ms Tasneem.
Tributes are pouring in online for the beloved mother, who leaves behind a son and two daughters – the youngest of whom is only three years old.
“I don’t know how to understand my pain,” said friend Nazia Mesia.
‘Sajida is someone who was always ready to help, positive and beautiful soul.
“You are in our hearts and I will always cherish the memories and beautiful moments we had together.”
Ms Tasneem’s devastated father, Sher Muhammad Khan, told BBC Urdu his family has been “wronged”.
“My daughter’s only mistake was that she came to Pakistan after being seduced by her husband. This was not to the liking of the in-laws and husband Ayub,’ he said.
Ms Tasneem is said to have been forced to return to Pakistan by her husband. Pictured are buses in Sargodha, in the north of the country
Mrs Tasneem had hoped to return to Perth, where her children could receive a better education
“She wanted her children to receive higher education in Australia and not see the hardships of our lives.”
A woman reported that the children are currently being looked after by Mrs Tasneem’s family in Pakistan.
She said the children are “traumatized” and “still need to get used to” last week’s tragic event and their new life without their mother.
In an eerie coincidence, a year before her death, Ms Tasneem wrote a message in which women are murdered by their “brothers, father or husband.”
“God knows how long this law of horror and ignorance will last here, not in the jungle,” she wrote.
“Why is a woman killed every time in the name of honor?”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it has contacted the family to express their condolences.
“The family will receive consular assistance,” the spokesperson said.
In a chilling coincidence, a year before her death, Mrs Tasneem wrote a report about women being murdered by their ‘brothers, father or husband’