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Pakistan cook arrested after 22 members of a family poisoned in alleged political feud

Published on Jul 18, 2013 7:33 PM

MULTAN, Pakistan (AFP) - The police in Pakistan have arrested a cook on suspicion of murder after 22 members of a powerful land-owning 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 50,000 rupees (S$1,060) to poison food at his rival's home, causing the deaths.

The incident took place on June 9 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 told AFP.

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