Canadian woman the victim in high-profile homicide in Pakistan

A Pakistani flag flies on a lookout in front of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

A woman who was the victim in a high-profile killing in Pakistan was also a Canadian citizen, Global Affairs Canada confirmed on Monday.

“Global Affairs Canada is aware of the death of a Canadian citizen in Pakistan. Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to obtain more information,” the agency stated. “Consular officials are in contact with the family and are providing consular assistance.

“Due to privacy consideration, no further information can be disclosed.”

Sara Inam, 37, was also formerly a student at the University of Waterloo, the school confirmed on Monday.

A University of Waterloo spokesperson said that she graduated in 2005 with an honours degree in Economics & Arts and in 2007 with a masters in Economics.

Inam was killed Friday at a home she shared in Islamabad with Shahnawaz Amir, her husband of four months, according to the Associated Press.

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The report says that police say Amir has confessed to hitting Inam repeatedly with a dumbbell before trying to hide her body in a bathtub.

Amir’s father Ayaz, who is a well-known columnist and TV political analyst in Pakistan, has also been arrested, police told AP.

The Associated Press noted that Pakistan has a bad track record regarding freedom of expression and several journalists have been assaulted and detained by police in recent months.

University of Waterloo president Vivek Goel released a blog post about Inam’s death on Monday afternoon.

“I was deeply saddened to wake up this morning to news of the death in Pakistan of a former University of Waterloo student, Sara Inam,” Goel said.

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“Sara was killed as a result of intimate partner violence. A talented economist and kind friend by all accounts, Sara is gone far too soon.”

*With files from the Associated Press

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