A man in Pakistan's Punjab province killed his children, all aged under 10 years, after being angered by "unending quarrels" between his wife and mother.
Irfan Ahmed, a driver hailing from Toba Tek Singh, located 120 km from Lahore, killed his two sons and two daughters yesterday. After the death of his first wife Zainab, Ahmed married her sister Samina. He had a nine-year-old son from Zainab.
Samina bore him two daughters and a son. However, Samina and her mother-in-law Kaneezan would often quarrel over petty domestic issues whenever Ahmed returned home from Karachi, where he was employed.
When he returned home on Sunday, he found his wife and mother quarrelling yet again. Enraged by their behaviour, Ahmed thrashed Samina, who went away to her parents' home in the same village.
The next day, he went to reconcile with Samina but she demanded a divorce. She also handed over her step-son and the three other children. Ahmed then went back home and slit the throats of Ghufran (2), Noor Fatima (4), Maryam (6) and Shayan (9) when they were asleep.
When his mother tried to save the children, Ahmed attacked her with a chopper but she saved her life by hiding in an orchard.
Ahmed then telephoned his brother in Karachi and told him about what he had done. His brother informed a relative, who overpowered Ahmed along with some other residents of the village.
Local police chief Munir Ahmad told reporters that Ahmed had intended to kill his mother and wife. He told the media
that he was not ashamed of his act as he had no other option.