Wanted Pakistani man allegedly killed seven family members after daughter married against her will – .

Wanted Pakistani man allegedly killed seven family members after daughter married against her will – .

A man in Pakistan is wanted by police for allegedly killing seven members of his family, including his two daughters and four grandchildren, because one of the women married against his will.
Manzoor Hussain, father of Fauzia Bibi and Khurshid Mai, reportedly set fire to their house in Muzaffargarh district of Pakistan’s Punjab province on Sunday in what police consider a “family rivalry”.

Bibi, her four-month-old son Mai, her husband and their three children, aged two, six and 13, were killed in the blaze.

A complaint against Mr Hussain and his son Sabir Hussain was registered by the only surviving member of the family, Bibi’s husband, Mehboob Ahmad. Mr Ahmad said he escaped the “honor killing” while on a business trip at the time of the incident. Dawn the newspaper reported.

Mr Ahmad and Bibi got married in 2020, allegedly against his father’s wishes. He told police he saw his stepfather and stepbrother run away.

“I was in Multan on business. When I came back and was near my house, I saw it in flames. Two men Manzoor Hussain and Sabir Hussain were seen fleeing the scene, ”he told police.

“The incident is the result of the rivalry between the two families over the love marriage,” police officer Abdul Majeed told Reuters.

Police said firefighters were able to retrieve the seven bodies from the house and send them for an autopsy.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has asked authorities for a report on the incident and said the case will be investigated in “all aspects”.

Honor killings are common in some South Asian countries where families are governed by rigid patriarchal norms passed down from generation to generation and where women are discouraged from choosing their own life partners.

Pakistan registers around 1,000 cases of honor killings each year, according to Human Rights Watch.


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