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Bhakkar cannibals face 12 years in prison

SARGODHA. The Bhakkar cannibals who were arrested in April for eating human flesh were each sentenced to 12 years in prison by an Anti-Terrorism Court, Dawn News reported on Wednesday.

The two brothers were earlier sentenced for eating five corpses dug out from a graveyard of the Darya Khan locality in Bhakkar district have again been found involved in cannibalism.

Police arrested one of the brothers, Mohammad Arif in April and found a child's body parts at their residence. The other brother, Mohammad Farman, managed to flee but was later captured by police.

The two brothers, Arif, 35, and Farman, 30, from the small town of Darya Khan, had dug up more than 100 corpses from the local graveyard and eaten them in the past, police said.

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Arif and his brother were sentenced to two years imprisonment after they were found engaged in cannibalism and were released only last year.

Farman and Arif were first arrested for cannibalism in 2011 and the town had attracted both national and international media coverage when on April 3 that year, the newly-buried body of a girl was found in their house with a few limbs cooked in a curry.

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Ali Ibrahim
Jun 11, 2014 02:52pm

If they survive the prison sentence, what guarantee is there that they won't engage in the same activity again? About time a legislation was passed particularly for Cannibalism.

Jun 11, 2014 03:10pm

in the west anyone found guilty will be jailed for life with no chance of parole .... in Pakistan there is no law... how bad can it get

Jun 11, 2014 03:11pm

Only 12 years?? They are clearly repeating the mistake.

Ravi Dallas TX
Jun 11, 2014 03:40pm

The brothers should be provided each other's parts for meal.

Jun 11, 2014 03:59pm

This is what our court and law is all about 12 years .... Atleast lifetime sentence .... The best place to commit crime, if they were rich than the sentence would be for 12 minutes or 12 seconds

Jun 11, 2014 04:02pm

These Adam Khaur should be let lose on our politicians :D

Jun 11, 2014 05:05pm

@Fatima what you want :P

Jun 11, 2014 05:08pm

@Mateen Agreed with your suggestion

Jun 11, 2014 05:14pm

Keep these fellows inside for lifetime but do conduct a research or allow access to international researchers. As a society we must know whether it has medical, social or some other reasons.

Jun 11, 2014 06:05pm

This country is full of cannibals. At least these brothers were eating dead people. We have Talibans and other criminals who are feeding on the live ones everyday. Which one is worse?

Jun 11, 2014 08:29pm

Where is the humanity? The brothers need mandatory psychiatric help and rehabilitation in a controlled environment. Look at their abusive past and help them, please

Sohail Aslam
Jun 11, 2014 08:51pm


Can you please write a article on cannibalism in Pakistan from a historic perspective? Historically many caniballistic tribes in the northwest frontier region have been recorded.

Would love to know more about it.

Jun 11, 2014 09:49pm

12 Years? For goodness sake, these two need to be jailed forever and within the confines, need psychiatric help. Someone pay attention please!!!!!!

Jun 12, 2014 08:13am

This news shocked me, wild animals like them should get severe punishment as a big lesson for our society. Punishment like 12 years nothing.

Jun 12, 2014 08:16am

@Ravi Dallas TX : This is exactly what should be done.

Jun 12, 2014 08:16am

@Mateen : Great idea.

Jun 14, 2014 09:15am

Are they being framed yet again?

salma gul
Jun 16, 2014 09:31pm

They obviously need medical help. The should be sent to a psychiatric institute and not allowed out. Didn't a similar case happen in the Sindh?