Published On: Fri, Jul 18th, 2014

Pakistan Army spoils fourth wife dream of Gulzar Khan

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.

“The money I had saved was consumed in relocating my family from Shawa to Bannu and now I have again started saving and waiting for the operation to conclude,” he said.

But after giving birth to a dozen children each, Mr Khan said, his wives had told him enough was enough.

“I was planning to have a fourth marriage because now my wives have boycotted me and told me ‘no more children’,” Mr Khan rued. “They do not allow me to go near them, but I have desires I want to fulfil.”

He was 17 years old when he married his cousin, 14.

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