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Divorce dispute: Azam Hoti’s ex-wife attempts suicide outside IGP office

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ISLAMABAD:Shamim Akhtar Kiani, the ex-wife of former federal minister Azam Khan Hoti, attempted to self-immolate in front of the Islamabad Police chief’s office on Thursday. She said she was trying to kill herself over her ex-husband’s failure to pay her dower money and to protest the police’s inaction against Hoti, who she accused of threatening her life.

HunzaNews March 21st, 2014.

Policemen deployed outside the IG’s office building snatched matches and a jerry can of petrol from her to stop her from committing suicide. The Women police later moved her to the Women Police Station in G-7.

Kiani has long been engaged in a legal battle with the Awami National Party leader over nonpayment of the dower Hoti allegedly owes her.

Most recently, Kiani had filed a complaint with the Kohsar police stating armed men attacked her at her house in Sector F-7/2 house and threatened her at gunpoint to withdraw the cases she had lodged against Hoti. When the police reached the house after receiving an alert through Rescue 15, the armed men had fled the scene.

The Kohsar police registered a case on March 10.

On Thursday, Kiani claimed police were not following up on her complaint and instead providing security to Hoti, who is also a former senator.

The police said Hoti had denied Kiani is his wife in a separate statement. Kiani is the third wife of Hoti, who is also the father of former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti.

Kiani initially filed a civil suit against Hoti demanding payment of Rs110 million mehr promised to her in their nikahnama. According to previous reports, the civil suit was withdrawn after Hoti promised he will pay the money, but he did not deliver on the promise. Kiani then filed a case in the Islamabad High Court.

Kiani had been booked for attempted suicide and was still being held in the interrogation room of the Women Police Station when this report was filed.

Express Tribune

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