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Pakistan army assault dashes dream of man with 36 kids on taking fourth wife

Published on Jul 17, 2014 12:25 PM
In this photograph taken on July 11, 2014, internally-displaced Pakistani resident Haji Gulzar Khan Wazir, who fled with his family following a military operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal agency, poses for a photograph with some his children in Bannu. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANNU, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistan's ongoing military operation may be making headway in clearing militant hideouts, but it has shattered the dream of one father of 36 children - to take a fourth wife.

Gulzar Khan is one of hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the North Waziristan tribal area since the army moved in to clear longstanding bases of Taliban and other militants.

Escaping the military advance meant leaving the 35-room house he shares in the North Waziristan village of Shawa with around 100 family members, including wives, children and grandchildren.

The 54-year-old grumbled that paying to transport his brood used up the cash he had set aside for his fourth marriage.

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