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22 poisoned in Pakistan 'political feud'

18 July 2013, 18:03

Multan - Police in Pakistan have arrested a cook on suspicion of murder after 22 members of a powerful landowning clan were poisoned in an alleged political feud with a rival branch of the family.

Arsal Khan Khichi, who lost out on a provincial assembly seat to his cousin Jahanzeb Khan Khichi in the May election, is accused of paying the cook $500 to poison food at his rival's home, causing the deaths.

The incident took place on 9 June in the farming town of Mailsi, around 80km from the Punjab city of Multan.

"At least 22 people were killed after eating poisonous food at the residence of Jahanzeb Khan Khichi," senior police official Sadiq Ali Dogar said.

About 30 people including men, women and servants of the family got sick after eating the meal.

Dogar said a court on Thursday remanded cook Mohammad Rafiq for five days into police custody for further investigations.

Next of kin arrested

"A murder case has been registered against Arsal Khan Khichi, but he is at large and his father has been taken into custody," Dogar said.

It is common practice in Pakistan for police to arrest the next of kin if a suspect absconds in a case.

Police said Arsal was angry about his election defeat and tried to poison the rivals, but Jahanzeb and his brother Aurangzeb were not at home that day and had gone to Lahore.

Jahanzeb contested the seat on the ticket of former cricket hero Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, while Arsal stood as an independent.

Local police station chief Chaudhry Mohammad Afzal confirmed the account and said that the cook had confessed to poisoning the food.

"Rafiq has confessed his crime and told police that Arsal Khan Khichi gave him $500 to mix the poison in the food," Chaudhry said.

Provincial Health Secretary Hasan Iqbal told AFP an investigation found that insecticides used to preserve wheat stock were used to poison the victims.



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