pakistan: Pakistan: Father ‘sets’ daughters’ house on fire, 4 grandchildren among 7 killed – Times of India

LAHORE: 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, officer Abdul Majeed told Reuters over phone. Hussain lives in a nearby village, he added.
Mai’s husband also died in the blaze, Majeed said.
According to the officer, Bibi had married one Mehboob Ahmad about 18 months ago against her father’s will.
“The incident is outcome of the rivalry between the two families over the love marriage,” Majeed said.
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.

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