t was a heartbreaking moment – a mother and father being forced to deny on television that they had anything to do with the disappearance and murder of their 17-year-old daughter.
As they were repeatedly asked about the disappearance of Shafilea Ahmed , Iftikhar and Farzana wiped away tears and resolutely told television cameras they were being victimised and stereotyped because of their religion.
And asked again during a television interview, if they had killed their teenage daughter, Iftikharreplied with an emphatic ‘never’ as his wife sat there silent, presumably overcome by the grief of losing her eldest child.
But there was one problem. As he protested their innocence on camera there was something Iftikhar could not hide – an almost imperceptible nod as he said “never” – his body language betraying the truth he and his wife had worked so hard to hide.
And while Farzana sat silently, motionless, her arms folded and her face impassive, even she could not control every movement. A sideways glance at her husband as he answered the question ‘did you kill her?’ has led to the claim that she may have been the “architect” of their years of deception, by experts analysing their words and movements for the next episode of Faking It: Tears of a Crime on Investigation Discovery.