MULTAN: A man allegedly killed his four daughters in a village some 160 kilometres east of Multan on Saturday after the eldest daughter married a man of her choice.
Police said labourer Nazeer Ahmed slit the throats of his daughters Muqaddas Bibi, 25; Bano Bibi, 12; Sumera, 8 and Humera, 6, while they were asleep at his home in Chak 187 EB, Burewala, and then surrendered to the police.
"Nazeer Ahmed was afraid of his daughters since one of them had a love marriage against his wishes. He brought his elder daughter back from her in-laws, and early in the morning when all were sleeping he cut the throats of all four," DPO Vehari Mukhtar Iqbal Tikka said.
Ahmed told police his eldest daughter Muqadas had married a man of her choice against his wishes and her act had tarnished the family's honour so he plotted to kill her and his other daughters.
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A father, angry that his eldest daughter had married for love, slit her throat as she slept before killing three other daughters in a remote village in eastern Pakistan, police said today.
Nazir Ahmad, a labourer in his 40s, feared the younger girls, aged four to 12, would follow in their sister's footsteps, police said.
Ahmad surrendered to police after the killings in Burewala, about 70 miles east of Multan, a main city in eastern Punjab province.
"He (Ahmad) told us today that he has killed his daughters, and we arrested him," a police spokesman added.
He said the man's eldest daughter, Muqadas Bibi, 25, had married the man of her choice against her father's wishes some weeks ago.
Ahmad had then contacted Bibi only this week, saying he was ready to forgive her, police said.
But during a visit by Bibi to her parents' house, Ahmad slit her throat as she slept and then killed the other three girls, the police spokesman said, adding that police were investigating whether any other relative helped in the killings.
Police are also looking for Bibi's husband.
Hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan every year, many by male relatives, after they are accused of having affairs or marrying for love without their families' consent.