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Pakistani-origin Italian citizen Sana Cheema ─ whose death in Mangowal, Gujrat, was reported by Italian media as an alleged honor killing ─ was found to have been strangled to death, according to an autopsy report obtained by Dawn on Wednesday.

The autopsy was conducted by Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Teaching Hospital’s Dr Komal Ishaq after the Punjab Forensic Science Agency sent Sana’s forensic report to the hospital. The forensic report stated that the victim’s voice box was swollen and the right cornua of her hyoid bone had been dislocated.

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The forensic report had also suggested regurgitation after they found three pieces of green chilli in her sound box. PFSA did not find any signs of poison or drugs in Sana’s body.

The victim’s father Mustafa Cheema and her brother Adnan Cheema are under arrest and Section 311 of the Pakistan Penal Code (punishment after waiver or compounding of right of qisas in qatl-i-amd) is being added to the case that has already been registered under Section 302 of PPC, Gujrat District Police Officer Jahanzeb Nazeer Khan told Dawn.

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