sohail ashraf

A husband has been charged with murdering his wife after she was found stabbed to death in their home over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Saima Abid, 33, was pronounced dead when police were called to a house in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, shortly before 3am on Tuesday.

Saima Abid, 31, was stabbed to death in her home

Mohammed Abid Choudhry, 36, will appear before Manchester Magistrates Court today charged with killing the mother.

The victim had three young children and worked as a nurse at Royal Oldham Hospital.

In 2011, her sister Chamman Shan, 21, drowned in Hollingworth Lake and was found on the banking at a well-known beauty spot in Littleborough.

In 2011, her sister Chamman Shan, 21, drowned in Hollingworth Lake days after saying she feared for her safety

The student contacted police less than a week before her death saying she was concerned for her safety.

An inquest into Chamman’s death heard she feared she might be sent to Pakistan and was admitted to a women’s refuge.

Speaking this week, Miss Abid’s cousin Farhat Abbas said: ‘We are all really devastated about the fact she [Saima] has gone.

‘She was a lovely person. She had three beautiful kids. She had a lot to look forward to in life, it’s just tragic.

‘At the minute we’re just very confused and upset. The whole family is upset.’

A family friend, who asked not to be named, said the victim was a ‘really good mother’ and ‘beautiful inside and out’.

They added: ‘I’ve known her all my life. She was a really good friend. I saw just a few days ago and she seemed really happy. She had a beautiful soul. It’s just really sad.

 ‘First her sister, now Saima. It’s just devastating for the family. It’s a big shock for the whole community as well. Saima and her family are really well known. There are just no words.’

Rasool Shah, 59, a neighbour and close friend, said: ‘Yes I knew them – I saw her only yesterday, she came here and was taking a photograph.

‘I knew her as a family friend, she called me uncle. She was very good, I really miss her, I do not believe this. I had known her for about 20 years.

‘It was a love marriage so it is a big, big tragedy – it is unbelievable. It happened last night, I got the call at about 2.47am.

‘They married more than ten years ago and have three kids, one boy and two girls.

‘She was working in hospitals. ‘They had an argument a couple of days before, she complained to her own mother and father.

‘Her parents lost another daughter seven years ago.’