Pakistani man burns family to death before killing himself

A Pakistani man, who allegedly murdered his step-mother and his first wife, committed self-immolation after burning to death his second wife and four children, according to a media report Tuesday.

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 13:43 PM IST

Islamabad: A Pakistani man, who allegedly
murdered his step-mother and his first wife, committed self-immolation after burning to death his second wife and four children, according to a media report Tuesday.

Police suspected the incident that occurred in
Garaywala village of Punjab province to be a case of honour
killing, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Shaukat Ali sprinkled petrol on his pregnant wife
Parveen Bibi, children Fatima (9), Misbah (6), Munir (3), and
Naeema (18 months) when they were asleep late on Sunday night
and set them ablaze.
The man later killed himself.

Police said Ali had clubbed to death his step-mother
Kaneez in the name of honour about 15 years ago but his father
had pardoned him.

Seven years later, he poisoned his first wife Uzma but
the matter was hushed up by the family, police said.
The charred bodies of the man, his wife and four
children were sent to a hospital for autopsy but relatives
refused to take any legal action.

SP (Investigation) Hashmat Kamal said a probe was
under way and it would be difficult to establish the motive
behind the killings though the possibility of honour killing
could not be ruled out.

PTI