Deadly dreams: Man slaughters his children in their sleep

Published: October 9, 2011
Farooq butchered Saba,3, and Waheed, 5, claimed to have had a vision. PHOTO: FILE

Farooq butchered Saba,3, and Waheed, 5, claimed to have had a vision. PHOTO: FILE


A man killed two of his children in their sleep on Saturday evening. According to police officials, Mumtazabad Ram Kali resident Muhammad Farooq slaughtered his three-year-old daughter Saba and five-year-old son Waheed while the children were asleep. Farooq told police that he had seen a dream in which he had been ‘commanded by Allah to sacrifice his children in his name’.

The children’s mother came to know about the murder the next day when she found their decapitated bodies in their beds. “I immediately called police,” Mahnoor Bibi said.

A large number of people gathered outside Farooq’s house and protested.

“My son is mentally ill and we were trying to conceal his condition from our neighbours because there is discrimination.

He did not know what he was doing. This is a tragic incident but he is not to blame,” said Farooq’s mother Basheeran Bibi.

Police officials said that there were conflicting reports as to why Farooq had committed the murders. “His wife said he did it after seeing it in a dream but his mother insists that he did it because he was concerned about finances and didn’t think he could feed his children,” inspector Shahid said.

The bodies of the children have been shifted to Nishtar Hospital for an autopsy. Two of Farooq’s children, Akhtar and Sadaf, who were sleeping in another room survived. Police have arrested Farooq and registered a case.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Oct 9, 2011 - 5:57PM

    how can the mother defend his son ….


  • Sigdrifa
    Oct 9, 2011 - 7:37PM



  • Mirza
    Oct 10, 2011 - 2:20AM

    Welcome to more advanced religious fanaticism!


  • John B
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:09AM

    There may be more to it than simple lunatic murder.

    Heard in BBC a while ago that a father in Peshawar was trying to sell his two young daughters because of his poverty. BBC interviewed the father and his story was heart breaking.

    Not sure what to say. This guy may be telling the truth, in his own Depressed of poverty, probably prayed and thought might have occurred to him, which he interpreted as gods voice. Who knows.

    Parents killing their young children for reasons of poverty, depression, and honor are not unheard of.


  • Shafiq Nasery
    Oct 10, 2011 - 11:21AM

    well this is a heart breaking i feel really bad for the mother of the kids and for those innocent childs, may allah grant those kids Janaat and keep them above all other childrens in jannat.


  • David, Thailand
    Oct 11, 2011 - 8:49AM

    I have no respect for who murder their children in their home countries. The clever ones do the dirty deed in Britain, knowing they can muster the support of advocacy groups and bleeding heart liberals to portray them as the victim.Recommend

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