Father suspected of burning daughters and grandchildren in marriage feud

Manzoor Hussain is being hunted down by police after he allegedly set fire to a house shared by sisters Fauzia Bibi and Khurshid Mai in a village in central Pakistan’s Muzaffargargh district, police officer Abdul Majeed told Reuters by phone.

Mai’s husband also died in the fire, Majeed said.

About a year and a half ago, Bibi had married Mehboob Ahmad against her father’s will in a so-called love marriage, as opposed to an arranged marriage.

“The incident is the result of the rivalry between the two families over the love marriage,” Majeed said.

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

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

Ahmad said his 4-month-old son had died, along with Mai’s three children aged 2, 6 and 13.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, hundreds of women in Pakistan are murdered every year by relatives because they married without permission or against the wishes of their families.

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