Pakistani father 'sets' daughters' house on fire, 4 grandchildren among 7 killed

Monday, 18 October 2021 - 12:44

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A man allegedly set on fire his daughters' house in a village in Muzaffargargh district of central Pakistan, killing them and their four children because one of the women married against his wishes, police said on Sunday.

Manzoor Hussain, who allegedly set on fire the house that sisters Fauzia Bibi and Khurshid Mai shared, is being hunted down, according to foreign media reports.

Mai's husband has also died in the blaze.

It is reported that Bibi had married Mehboob Ahmad about 18 months ago against her father's will.

"The incident is the outcome of the rivalry between the two families over the love marriage," added the reporter.

Bibi's husband Ahmad told police he was not home at the time of the incident and found the house ablaze when he returned from work early in the morning.

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

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.