Bhakkar cannibals return to eating human flesh

Published: April 14, 2014
Express News screengrab of the brothers.

Express News screengrab of the brothers.

BHAKKAR: Two brothers who were previously found guilty of cannibalism and detained by the police have now returned to eating human flesh and an FIR has been registered against them on the charges of terrorism, Express News reported on Monday.

Arif and Farman, who are from the small town of Darya Khan in Bhakkar district, were first arrested in April 2011 after they were found to have disinterred corpses in the local graveyard for the purpose of eating them.

It was reported that the brothers had dug up and devoured parts from upto 150 bodies before they were finally caught.

Today, the police conducted a raid at their house and recovered the head of a boy. According to DPO Bhakkar Ameer Abdullah, Arif has been arrested and he admitted to eating human flesh while his brother Farman is still on the loose.

Search operations are being conducted to arrest Farman.

Since Pakistan has no specific laws against cannibalism, they were originally arrested under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) section of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), and were later charged under section 295-A of the PPC. They were sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined Rs50,000 each.

After the completion of their sentence, they were released from Mianwali’s district jail and returned to their hometown, to the shock and outrage of residents.

Interestingly, the two brothers had spent most of their two year prison term in King Edwards medical college Lahore, where they were being examined by the neurophysiology department.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Rehmat Ali Khan
    Apr 14, 2014 - 2:59PM

    Dear Auditor,

    Good Day,

    as per your information that this story has passed approximately 3 years and your department showing today.



  • Apr 14, 2014 - 3:13PM

    Man, nothing beats the beef steak with garlic sauce and golden corn fries…


  • Pakistani
    Apr 14, 2014 - 3:16PM

    What a shame. We don’t have law so let them lose. 2 years only for eating humans flesh


  • Shazada Zahid Malik-Loan
    Apr 14, 2014 - 3:24PM

    They should be quickly brought before the courts and put away for life, to be examined by scientists as human guinea pigs.


  • Major Iqbal
    Apr 14, 2014 - 3:45PM



  • kammi kameen
    Apr 14, 2014 - 3:46PM

    In other news, a woman sending blasphemic texts was swiftly put in jail, raped and hanged till death.


  • Major Iqbal
    Apr 14, 2014 - 3:46PM

    Send them to Waziristan so they can eat some Taliban.


  • Careful reader
    Apr 14, 2014 - 4:16PM

    Cannibals are in the loose yet a true patriot like Musharraf is in the dock. God save Pakistan from the feudal politicians.


  • Caresless Whispers
    Apr 14, 2014 - 4:23PM

    @Rehmat Ali Khan:
    You mean Editor :)


  • Haseeb
    Apr 14, 2014 - 4:33PM

    @Rehmat Ali Khan, kindly read it carefully, ‘Two brothers who were previously found guilty of cannibalism and detained by the police have now returned to eating human flesh, Express News reported on Monday.’

    The question is how they got released first? Had court not the evidences against them to prove their criminal act?

    This is our duty too to identify these dogs and kick them out to clean our society.


  • Fi
    Apr 14, 2014 - 4:33PM

    They should be sent to psychiatric ward and not jail. Something is obviously wrong with their upper chamber. Make sure that they won’t come out of that mental asylum.


  • Malveros
    Apr 14, 2014 - 4:41PM

    Unfortunately we as a society are heading towards being a cannibalistic society. God help us.


    Apr 14, 2014 - 4:48PM

    what are the psychologists looking to find?! its a simple case of addiction…if a person cannot afford meat and is craving for some….he will look for whats available for free?! and if not stopped will carry on doing it! and am really surprised at our judicial system (actually not so much after the treatment of President Musharraf) that they cannot use their “judgement” on a unique case like this! EVEN THE DEAD ARE NOT SAFE IN THIS COUNTRY!


  • Jibran
    Apr 14, 2014 - 4:57PM

    And if you devour the flesh of 50000 people, the government declares you stakeholders.


  • Truther
    Apr 14, 2014 - 5:12PM

    as if generals, politicians, waderas, traders, were not enough


  • Apr 14, 2014 - 5:29PM

    sicko.They kind of people are don’t deserve to be called and treat them as humans.should have been hanged long back Recommend

  • spoG
    Apr 14, 2014 - 6:19PM

    hahaha well said @Major Iqbal:


  • Shocked
    Apr 14, 2014 - 6:26PM

    Always strange things happen in Punjab. Only in Punjab.


  • Ahmed
    Apr 14, 2014 - 6:33PM

    Recently a woman committed suicide in protest against getting no justice against her rapists, the whole country suffers at the hands of the justice system being so impotent, and vulnerable.

    YET, all this azad-adlia cares for is Meera bringing disrepute to the country, an honest general, fake blasphemy cases and sometimes a 9 month old little baby, whereas these flesh eating vultures (literally in this case) are set free. Shame, shame, shame.


  • Hasan Danyial
    Apr 14, 2014 - 7:01PM

    This is a potential X file story!


  • unbelievable
    Apr 14, 2014 - 7:13PM

    Land of the Pure? Say something that offends your religion and get sentenced to death. Dig up hundreds of your dead for dinner and get a two year prison sentence. No wonder your ranked below N Korea by the international community.


  • Suqraat
    Apr 14, 2014 - 7:27PM

    Simply disgusting… Attaching two links. First one is a detail account of these brothers which was published in 2011 and the second link is of these brothers after they were set free after two years of jail in 2013.


  • Mr. Honest
    Apr 14, 2014 - 8:01PM

    Only in the land of the pures can cannibals be roaming freely in society after being arrested once for eating 150 corpses… very sad indeed.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Apr 14, 2014 - 8:22PM

    Azad adlia

    Well done, yet another feather in your cap. ET please allow my comments.


  • Ahmed Iqbal
    Apr 15, 2014 - 10:59AM

    @Rehmat Ali Khan: Do you even lift bro?


  • avegetarian
    Apr 15, 2014 - 11:01AM

    What is the big difference between eating human flesh and animal flesh? At least, in this case, these cannibals seem to be eating people who are already dead. In the case of animals, they are butchered mercilessly and often in pain.


  • Islooboy
    Apr 15, 2014 - 2:20PM

    I really fail to understand why these guys are punished? Isn’t it the fact that eating animal flesh is allowed by the religion only? And if they can’t eat the flesh of the humans, then shall it be believed that the animals don’t have the soul and that they are made for the food of the humans only? My only point is if the religion allows the animal’s flesh to be eaten, then there should not be any punishment for eating the human flesh!!!!


  • Aly Kha
    Apr 15, 2014 - 3:10PM

    I am not surprised that they are out. Though I am not advocating in their defence, technically they have not broken the law. Our constitution has no law regarding Cannibalism.However, grave robbing/vandalism is a different matter.


  • robin
    Apr 16, 2014 - 11:33PM

    this is totally crazy, why is this person’s living in open population


  • 2crazy
    Apr 18, 2014 - 6:29AM

    We had one in America that ate boys. He said he did it so he wouldn’t feel alone, by eating him they were a p[art of him…soooo, the village shuned him & family as well? Case closed, tell the nut hut they were in they are only lonely k?


  • Bryant Farnham
    Apr 20, 2014 - 5:14PM

    Robin, King Edwards medical center evaluated him. He was most likely evaluated for a communicable disease related to cannibalism.

    Aly, in Pakistan, are community health officers allowed to hold people who are highly infectious?

    Islooboy, In Californian the health officer can, legally imprison a person until they are not a risk of infecting society, however this legal power is never used.

    Shaggy, reread the story, it says neurophysiology not psychology. Yes related fields, but the implication is less focused on mental health and more on a structural manifestation in the brain. My guess is they are looking for a protein mis-folding disease to see if he has prion chemicals accumulating in his brain.

    Shazada, Kuru was historically found in Papua New Guinea.

    Know what your dealing with before killing someone. The remains may be contagious. My suggestion stands, evaluate him for Variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease.

    2crazy, show your evidence.

    The Failed Rebel, For the sake of public health, invite these hungry men to your next BBQ: if your beef steak with garlic sauce and golden corn fries is what you say it is, these gentle men will have an improved nutrition status.

    avegetarian, be careful they might prefer cornfed.

    Rehmat, I am guessing they are worried about copy cats.

    Fi, I would not suggest introducing the mentally ill population to cannibalism?

    What body parts did they eat? What are the reasons for terrorist charges? Are they suspecting that these gentle men are intentionally taking risks to get the Kuru?


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