Muslim TV channel’s Pakistani owner held as wife beheadedFebruary 16th, 2009 - 9:48 am ICT by IANS
New York, Feb 16 (IANS) A Pakistani American, who started a Muslim TV channel in the US to counter negative protrayal of Islam after the 9/11 terror attacks, has been arrested after his estranged wife was found beheaded.
Forty-four-year-old Muzzammil Hassan, who set up Bridges TV in Buffalo city in New York state, was charged at the weekend with the murder of his 37-year-old wife Aasiya Hassan.
The estranged wife, who had recently filed for divorce, was found beheaded at the offices of the television channel, reports quoted police as saying.
Just a week ago, she had obtained an order of protection, which barred her husband from their home in Orchard Park in Buffalo ’s suburb.
Hassan was charged with second-degree murder at the Orchard Park police station. Police said they found no weapon at the scene.
The Pakistani American had told the media at the launch of his Muslim TV channel in 2004 that he was inspired to launch it after his wife’s anguish over the post-9/11 portrayal of Muslims.
He said she was seven-month pregnant at the time of terror attacks and didn’t want her children to grow in anti-Muslim atmosphere in the US .
The aim of Bridges TV, he said, was counter negative portrayal of Muslims and Islam after 9/11.
Hassan, who came to the US from Pakistan in 1979, was a successful banker before he and his wife launched the television channel.
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