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'South Asian husband staged murder of Pakistani wife Nazish Noorani in US'

August 20, 2011 - Washington

A young South Asian husband of a young mother who was shot dead as they walked with their three-year-old son along a street in New Jersey, the United States, has been charged with her murder.

Kashif Parvaiz, 26, who was himself wounded in Tuesday's shooting, said he and Nazish Noorani were attacked by men who called them terrorists.

However, police believe that he and a woman, Antionette Stephen, had plotted the murder, the BBC reports.

An arrest affidavit suggests that Stephen is suspected of pulling the trigger during the attack. She and Parvaiz are now in custody facing charges of murder, conspiracy and weapons offences. He is also accused of child-endangerment.

Prosecutors said Parvaiz and Ms Noorani had been visiting relatives in Boonton, northern New Jersey, on Tuesday evening when the incident took place. Noorani died and Parvaiz was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Morris County prosecutor said that although Parvaiz had told investigators that they were shot by three men who racially abused them, he added that the details are now pointing to a different side of the story.

"Within hours of the crime, it was obvious to investigators that this was sadly the alleged handiwork of the victim's husband, who allegedly did the unthinkable and plotted to murder his wife after a religious celebration," Morris County prosecutor Robert Bianchi said in a statement.

Noorani, a native of Karachi, Pakistan, and Parvaiz, from Brooklyn, were reportedly wed in an arranged marriage six years ago, and reports suggest that Noorani had recently sent to her brother a text message, which read: "Someday u will find me dead but its cuz of kashi... He wants to kill me.."


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