On the advice of a spiritual healer, a man in Khanewal murdered his children and wife in order to find a way out of his hardships and problems.
The ‘’incident’’ happened on Monday in the Kabirwala tehsil of Khanewal. Police reported that Shaukat Ali, the culprit, was a resident of Mahni Sial Village. He went to a spiritual healer, named Jabir Shah in Multan. After Shaukat Ali described all of his grievances and problems to the healer and asking for a solution, the accused healer told him that his wife and daughter are a part of some unethical activities and he should murder them to seek refuge from all the problems he was facing.
Shaukat slit the throat of his 55 year old wife Parveen Bibi while she was sleeping. The accused also murdered Abdul Rehman, his 9 year old son, and his 17 year old daughter Maryam who was sleeping next to her.
However, his 11 year old son Yaqoob heard the noise and managed to flee, saving his own life. The suspect then revealed to the police during interrogation that Jabir Shah, the spiritual healer, ordered him to murder his wife and daughter in the name of honour because they were involved in unethical conduct. He then decided to kill his entire family to leave no traces behind but his son managed to escape.
Meanwhile, the Saddar police have registered a case against both of them and initiated investigation. It is a sad reality that in today’s progressive era, gullible people are easily lured by the so-called spiritual healers and provoked to do inhumane activities.
With condemnation and wide discussions on the topic, honour killing still remains accepted and practised act in Pakistan.
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