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Pictures: Shafilea Ahmed's parents leave court

Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed have been sentenced to life with a minimum of 25 years for killing their daughter. The judge, Mr Justice Roderick Evans, said they had killed her for "cultural reasons" and they it had been "as fundamental breach of trust as can be imagined".

Shafilea Ahmed's mother Farzana leaves court earlier today
Shafilea Ahmed's mother Farzana leaves court earlier today Credit: ITV News
Shafilea Ahmed's father Iftikhar leaves court earlier today
Shafilea Ahmed's father Iftikhar leaves court earlier today Credit: ITV News

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Shafilea Ahmed 'squeezed between two cultures'

What was it that brought you two, her parents, the people who had given her life, to the point of killing her? You chose to bring up your family in Warrington but although you lived in Warrington your social and cultural attitudes were those of rural Pakistan and it was those which you imposed upon your children. Shafilea was a determined, able and ambitious girl who wanted to live a life which was normal in the country and in the town in which you had chosen to live and bring up your children.

However, you could not tolerate the life that Shafilea wanted to live. You wanted your family to live in Pakistan in Warrington. Although she went to local schools, you objected to her socialising with girls from what has been referred to as the white community. You objected to her wearing western clothes and you objected to her having contact with boys. She was being squeezed between two cultures, the culture and way of life that she saw around her and wanted to embrace, and the culture and way of life you wanted to impose on her.

– Mr Justice Roderick Evans, Trial judge

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Shafilea Ahmed case 'sends out strong message' over honour killing

Justice has finally been done. It's taken a long time for this case to be resolved so we pay tribute to the police and the courts. The strong message goes out and should be very clear: if you engage in honour killings, if you engage in forced marriages, you will be caught and brought to justice. Honour killings go against Islam. Islam totally forbids honour killings, it forbids forced marriages and if anybody thinks somehow that they are doing these actions as a result of their faith, then they are seriously misguided.

I have spoken to a lot of Muslim scholars and it's very clear that these people should not be behaving in this way. We should not be forcing our sons and daughters to marry people. As a parent, I cannot begin to think and comprehend how a parent would go about and kill their children. I just can't comprehend that and only these two people will be able to say why they did what they did. It's wrong. It's morally wrong.

– Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Manchester-based Ramadhan Foundation
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