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Shafilea murder: Parents jailed

Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed have both been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years after being found guilty of murdering their teenage daughter Shafilea in an "honour killing".

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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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