10 gunned down in Pakistan marriage dispute

10 gunned down in Pakistan marriage dispute
Updated 05 April 2015

10 gunned down in Pakistan marriage dispute

10 gunned down in Pakistan marriage dispute

PESHAWAR: A man in northwest Pakistan gunned down his former fiancee and nine of her relatives on Sunday, police said, six months after murdering his own parents and two brothers for refusing to pay his dowry.
Police officer Shahid Khan says the attack happened early Sunday in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in its mountainous northwest. Khan says Gul Ahmed, the man suspected of carrying out the attack, is still on the run.
Khan says Ahmed shot dead his uncle, aunt and eight cousins — including Naveeda Bibi, who he wanted to marry. In November 2014, Khan says Ahmed also shot dead his parents and two brothers over wanting to marry her. He was never arrested by police for the earlier killings.
Violence over rejected proposals occasionally strikes Pakistan.
The 25-year-old suspect was on the run after carrying out the pre-dawn attack with an AK-47 assault rifle in the Charsadda district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
“He stormed the house and killed all ten family members while they were asleep,” district police chief Shafiullah Khan told AFP, adding that two children and four women were among the dead.
Khan said Shah was a fugitive wanted for the murder of his parents and two elder brothers last year. His family had refused to accept a demand by the father of his then-fiancee for a residential plot as a dowry settlement.
Gulzar Khan, another police official, said that after murdering members of his own direct family, Shah became enraged at his prospective in-laws for making the demand.