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.
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.