AN ACCRINGTON woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder in Pakistan.
The 22-year-old Asian woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested with a 44-year-old white man from Haslingden after their flight landed at Manchester Airport.
A man had been stabbed three times in a hotel room, thought to be the Comfort Inn in Rawalpindi, around 35 miles south of the capital Islamabad.
The 21-year-old man, thought to be Khurram Shahzad, also known as Mukhtar, a resident of Gujar Khan, was attacked around 2pm last Saturday.
He was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.
According to the Pakistani newspaper The Dawn, Mr Shahzad married his cousin, who lived in the United Kingdom, about 18 months ago. But she returned to the UK after six months.
Mr Shahzad was visiting Rawalpindi with his friend Nayyar Nawaz, who was not in the hotel at the time of the murder.
It is understood that shortly after Mr Nawaz left the hotel, a couple arrived, went to a room and left around 20 minutes later.
When hotel staff later went to the room they found the victim lying in a pool of blood.
It is thought the body was discovered when the two suspects were already mid-air on their flight to Manchester.
Police in Pakistan have taken Mr Nawaz into custody for interrogation.
The suspects were arrested after getting off Pakistani International Airlines flight 701 at Manchester's Terminal One shortly after noon on Sunday.
They have both been bailed until 5 February pending further inquiries.
If charged, the pair are not expected to be deported to Pakistan but would face trial in Britain.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Officers are currently liaising with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Pakistani authorities to progress the investigation."