Her husband, Khalid, in Libya at the time, rushed back to Pakistan to be reunited with his wife. With his support and despite Pakistan’s notorious
much criticised and objected rape laws, Shazia reported the crime.
Atrocities by Pak Army continued
Following the report, for a period of two months, she was put under house arrest in a house in Karachi under the “unofficial protection” of the police, army, and Musharraf officials
and was not allowed access to doctors, lawyers or visitors of her choice. In addition, the crime scene and anything that could be considered as evidence, including the clothes of Dr.
Shazia, were tampered with or destroyed. When her family was informed some days later, Dr. Shazia and her family were told to keep quiet and dissuaded to register the rape case
or speak to the media by the PPL Company representatives, who denied the rape to the media.
Her husband Khalid said, his grandfather demanded
that Khalid divorce her, because he felt, her rape had rendered her a stain on the family honour. Khalid refused. So the grandfather assembled a mob to kill Shazia.
Her case led to a violent uprising by the Bugti tribe in Baluchistan province, disrupting the supply of gas to much of the country for several weeks. By some accounts, up to 10,000 soldiers and police were brought in to quell the rebellion. As the Pakistani authorities attacked the Bugti, President Musharraf promised that
the tribesmen would “not know what hit them.” and attacks on the Bugti tribesmen were intensified.
Ex COAS shields a rapist
An unusual development occurred, when the then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf entered the controversy, stating on national television, that the
accused officer, named as Captain Hammad, was “not guilty”, which led to criticism of Musharraf, a military man himself. Both politicians as well as Pakistani human rights lawyer, Asma Jahangir voiced their criticism and concerns following the
“If the President of the country comes out on television without the investigation being carried out
and says that the accused he can assure people is innocent. I believe as a citizen he has no right to say it and if he does, then he is involved in a cover-up” – Asma Jahangir"
Attacking the victim
The story of Shazia Khalid’s rape was becoming an embarrassment
to members of the Musharraf regime, and so they developed a new strategy. They began attacking the victim.
Stories began appearing in the newspapers
claiming that Dr. Shazia Khalid was a loose woman, that she wore suggestive clothes and had many male friends. It was even suggested that she was a prostitute. Shazia was
staying in Karachi with her husband Khalid and her adopted son Adnan when the stories appeared suggesting she was engaged in prostitution.
"Instead of getting justice, Dr. Shazia was hounded out of Pakistan. In
an interview with McKenna Shazia was quoted saying “I did not get justice and I will regret that for the rest of my life” on 28 February 2006."
In an interview with the BBC, Dr. Shazia said that she was threatened many times. “My life was made impossible. I am still terrified. My whole career was destroyed, as was my husband’s. That was why we left our country. Instead of getting justice, I was hounded out of
Pakistan. I never wanted to leave Pakistan, but had no choice.”
While General Musharraf was finding this couple’s determination
to get justice increasingly irritating, according to Dr. Shazia and her husband, the authorities ordered to leave the country, and warned that if they stayed, they would
be killed – by government “agencies” – and that no one would even find their bodies.
On 18 March 2005 Shazia and her
husband, Dr. Shazia, left Pakistan on a flight to London, The United Kingdom. She applied for asylum in Canada, where she has relatives, but her application was refused. In August
2005 New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof wrote several articles about Dr. Shazia’s story
and urged readers to write to the Canadian minister of citizenship and Immigration asking the Canadian government to reconsider. She expressed great regret in being forced to leave her country, her adopted son and family, her career and life behind for a future