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Pendle MP to help Nelson family over Pakistan murder probe
2:00pm Friday 22nd June 2012 in Pendle
PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has offered to help the family of murdered Nelson grandmother Fukraz Begum.
The Lancashire Telegraph revealed yesterday that Ms Begum had been murdered in a brutal attack in her family home in Pakistan in April.
Desperate family members back in Nelson are now concerned that they will not see justice done, with the Pakistani police’s notorious record for corruption.
Mr Stephenson, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pakistan, is to contact the family to see what assistance he can offer, through the Foreign Office.
Ms Begum, 75, who was in Pakistan for a family wedding and holiday, had lived in Every Street, Nelson, for 60 years and had nine children and more than 20 grandchildren who live in or near the town.
Police said she was killed in a ‘sustained and violent attack’.
Her son, Nadeem Rafiq said: “We would be delighted with any help we can get, we just want people to be aware of what is happening. All we want is justice and we want the British Embassy to help us to make sure we get justice.”
Ms Begum had run an Asian clothes shop in Railway Street before she retired.
Mr Rafiq, who runs a business in Nelson town centre, said his mum’s death had ‘torn the family apart’.
He said the family had been given gruesome details about their mum’s death after her body was found in the kitchen by one of his cousins who lived nearby.
Local police said she was beaten to death by a heavy, blunt instrument.
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