Saman Abbas: Pakistani police arrest a person for the disappearance of his daughter in Italy

Pakistani police say they’ve arrested a person suspected of killing his 18-year-old daughter in Italy.

Shabbir Abbas was arrested in his village in jap Punjab province, a senior police official informed The Related Press on Friday.

His daughter, Saman, disappeared final yr after being pressured to marry an older cousin in Pakistan.

She was final seen in April 2021 by neighbors close to her household’s residence in Novellara, a small city close to town of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy.

Just a few days later, video footage from the Milan airport confirmed his dad and mom catching a flight to Pakistan.

Earlier than her disappearance, Saman Abbas informed her boyfriend in Italy that her dad and mom needed her to marry an older man she had by no means met, however whom she refused.

After spending a number of months in a shelter, she reportedly returned residence after her household despatched her textual content messages. Italian authorities suspect that the 18-year-old was killed and her physique buried.

Italian police final week found human stays in a shallow grave in an deserted constructing close to the household residence and are working to establish the sufferer.

Shabbir Abbas was allegedly arrested after a tip from the Italian authorities and is now being questioned by investigators within the capital Islamabad.

One other senior Pakistani police investigator mentioned Abbas was needed by Italian police on suspicion of killing his daughter.

Italy has already arrested Saman Abbas’ uncle following his extradition from France. Saman’s mom remains to be needed, whereas her youthful brother has been transferred to a safe facility in Italy.

5 relations are anticipated to go on trial in February for kidnapping, homicide and concealment of the physique.