Father 'burns his daughters alive in house fire for honour killing'

Father ‘burns his two daughters and their four children alive by setting their house on fire in honour killing after one of the women “married for love” against his wishes’ in Pakistan

  • Fauzia Bibi married Mehboob Ahmad against her father’s wishes last year
  • Manzoor Hussain then allegedly set fire to the home she shared with her sister
  • Both women and their four children were killed in the blaze in central Pakistan
  • Police are now hunting for the father, who is believed to live in a nearby village

Police are searching for a Pakistani man suspected of killing his two daughters and four grandchildren after one of them married without his permission.

Manzoor Hussain allegedly set fire to the home that sisters Fauzia Bibi, 19, and Khurshid Mai, 35, shared in a village in the Muzaffargargh district of central Pakistan, an official told Reuters. 

All six of them died in the blaze, as well as Khurshid’s husband.

Fauzia had married Mehboob Ahmad about 18 months ago against her father’s will in a so-called love marriage, according to the official, as opposed to an arranged marriage.

Fauzia Bibi, 19, and her son, and Khurshid Mai, 35, her husband and their three children were all killed in a house fire in a village in the Muzaffargargh district of central Pakistan

‘The incident is outcome of the rivalry between the two families over the love marriage,’ police officer Abdul Majeed said.

Hussain, the father being searched for, lives in a nearby village, he added.

A case has been registered at the Civil Lines Police Station against two suspects on charges of burning to death seven people. The second is believed to be Hussain’s brother.

Bibi’s husband Ahmad told police he was not at home at the time of the fire and had found the house ablaze when he returned from work early in the morning, according to his statement to officers.

‘I was in Multan for business. When I returned and was near my home, I saw it in flames,’ he told police according to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn.

‘While two men Manzoor Hussain and Sabir Hussain were also seen fleeing the spot.’

He also alleged that his father-in-law and brother-in-law were unhappy with the marriage and they set his home ablaze ‘in rage’. 

Ahmad said his four-month-old son had died, along with Mai’s three children aged two, six and 13.

Police said the cause of the fire was being investigated, and that officials were working to understand why none of the women or children were able to escape when the fire started. 

Hundreds of women in Pakistan are killed by relatives every year for marrying without consent, or against their family’s wishes, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

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