A father accused of murdering his "Westernised" daughter told a jury today she was lying when she complained of violence and being forced into marriage.
Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, is accused with his wife Farzana, 49, of killing their daughter Shafilea, 17, in September 2003.
Andrew Edis QC, for the prosecution, read the jury Shafilea's application for emergency accommodation after she ran away from home that February.
Under the heading, "Reasons for leaving home", Shafilea, whose 29th birthday would have been tomorrow, said: "Forced into arranged marriage in Pakistan."
Mr Edis said: "That's a tissue of lies, according to you, isn't it?"Mr Ahmed said: "Yes."
The barrister went on: "Why would she want alternative accommodation from a loving and caring family home?"
Ahmed replied: "If it was her perception that she was going to be married off, that's her perception.
On trial with his wife for the murder of their daughter Shafelia, Iftikhar Ahmed is today facing cross-examination from his wife's defence counsel. Mr Ahmed has denied having a violent nature and has questioned his wife's mental state after she changed her evidence on Monday.
Farzana Ahmed now says she saw her husband attacking Shafelia on the night of the 17-year-old's disappearance. Mr Ahmed today again denied having anything to do with his daughter's death.
The jury at the trial of Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed has been shown footage of their daughter Shafelia (wearing a blue dress) at a family wedding. Both parents deny murdering the 17-year-old in 2003.
The prosecution allege that Iftikhar Ahmed and his wife Farzana killed their teenage daughter because they disapproved of her 'Western' lifestyle. But giving evidence, Mr Ahmed said that had their daughter mixed with boys, there would have been 'no problem', adding 'it's her life'.
He also said he had no idea why Shafelia thought she was going to be 'married off'.
Iftikhar Ahmed was giving evidence during his trial for the murder of his daughter in 2003. He described her as 'bubbly' and said he hoped she would one day become a lawyer.
– Iftikhar Ahmed in the witness box at Manchester Crown Court
From primary school she was in the athletics team, education-wise she was absolutely brilliant. Academically she was As and Bs. Her best subject was art... She was a character in herself - very bubbly.
Iftikhar Ahmed broke down in the witness box at Chester Crown Court, saying he had nothing to do with his daughter's death. Earlier this week his wife Farzana changed her account, saying she witnessed her husband beat Shafilea on the night of the alleged murder.
She also claimed he had threatened to do the same to her and their other children if she ever asked him what had happened to Shafilea. Today Ahmed denied harming Shafelia, and when asked how he felt about his wife, replied 'I love her to bits'.
When he was asked how he felt when his daughter's body was found, he struggled to respond, before adding in a strained voice: "We couldn't believe it when we heard."
Taxi driver Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, is accused with his wife, Farzana, 49, of murdering their teenage daughter Shafelia at their home in Warrington in September 2003. Her body was found near the River Kent at Sedgwick, Cumbria, in 2004. They both deny the charges.
Henry Riding, prosecuting, told the jury the new defence Mrs Ahmed admitted an "incident of violence" towards Shafilea did occur in the family home on September 11, 2003 - a fact she had previously denied..
It alleges that Mrs Ahmed came downstairs to discover her husband attacking Shafilea and tried to intervene but was "punched with a clenched fist"
She says she went upstairs with the other children as she was "scared", and when she went back down 20 minutes later Shafilea and her husband were gone.
When he returned she claims she asked him where Shafilea was, and he responded: "If you care for your dear life and that of your children don't ever ask me this question again."