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Australian-Pakistani family murdered over alleged land dispute

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Pakistani-Australian family brutally murdered

Family of five strangled to death and their bodies dumped in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad over a suspected inherited-land dispute.

PT1M5S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2vw47 620 349 October 21, 2013 - 1:40PM

An entire Australian-Pakistani family of five, including a seven-year-old boy, have been brutally murdered in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, allegedly over a family land dispute.

The bodies of Amir Ullah Khan, his daughter Romana, 17, and sons Adam, 14, and Haider, 7, were found dumped in bushes in Bhoray Shah, on Islamabad's leafy middle-class southern outskirts, last Monday morning.

"Last year when you visited Australia, I told you not to go back to Pakistan," wrote one Melbourne man 

Their hands and feet were bound with rope, their mouths taped, and they had been strangled to death with thin wire, according to police.

The Khan family: Father Amir Ullah Khan, mother Nazia Amir, daughter Romana, 17, elder son Adam, 14 and youngest son Haider, 7.

The Khan family: Father Amir Ullah Khan, mother Nazia Amir, daughter Romana, 17, elder son Adam, 14 and youngest son Haider, 7.

Similarly dumped in a nearby suburb, the bodies of Nazia Amir, Mr Khan's wife, and a family servant named Asghar were found. Ms Amir had been strangled, but Asghar had been stabbed.

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All five members of the Khan family were dual Pakistani-Australian nationals. They had lived in Melbourne for several years in the 2000s, before returning to Pakistan. The eldest two children were born in Australia, and Mr Khan had visited last year. The family still owned property and held bank accounts in Australia.

The Khan family originally re-settled in Nowshera, near the family's ancestral village of Pirpiyai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but recently moved to Islamabad after being threatened.

The Khan children (L to R): Romana, 17, Haider, 7, and Adam, 14.

The Khan children (L to R): Romana, 17, Haider, 7, and Adam, 14.

Police suspect the family was murdered because of a long-running dispute over inherited land, worth more than 100 million Rupees ($960,000), Mr Khan had with members of his extended family.

A branch of Mr Khan's large extended family stood to inherit several large tracts of land if he and his children died.

A friend of the family, Hanif Khan, claimed that Mr Khan told him he had bought a gun about a week before he and his family were killed: ''He mentioned to me he bought a gun. He told me he bought a Kalashnikov or something and I started laughing with him (saying) 'Do you know how to fire it?'''

The Khan family, dual Australian-Pakistan citizens, were murdered in the Pakistani capital Islamabad last week, allegedly over a long-running family land dispute.

The Khan family, dual Australian-Pakistan citizens, were murdered in the Pakistani capital Islamabad last week, allegedly over a long-running family land dispute.

Mr Khan said he was surprised, believing that as a well-educated executive for Pakistani phone company Mobillinc, he would not need a gun. His friend had never said he and his family were in danger.

''(I said) 'You're a big officer, why do you need a gun?' He didn't tell me for what reason, but he said 'In Pakistan you need this kind of thing','' he said. ''I don't think he was that worried...because for him the door was open, any time he can come here and send his family (to Australia) but no one knows.''

Speaking from Melbourne, he said that he had warned Mr Khan not to post too many updates on his Facebook profile that showed how wealthy he was, for fear he would be targeted for a kidnapping.

Amir Ullah Khan.

Amir Ullah Khan.

''I told him 'Amir, please don't take pictures with your new four-wheel-drive or land cruiser...or (of) houses or that you're in Dubai, Singapore, in Pakistan it's not safe. Don't post these kind of things because in Pakistan rich people can't show their money. But you're showing them 'I'm here' (on Facebook). It's too dangerous,'' Mr Khan said.

He said the family was ''unbelieveably kind, soft, beautiful, good company. (They were the) nicest family. I have many friends but they were really close to me because (there was) no lying, they were a simple family, easy to talk to.''

Asghar, the servant killed alongside Mrs Khan, had reportedly only been employed by the family for about a week before the murders, and local press quoted a police source saying the man may have been involved in the crimes.

"We have some leads that the servant was planted in the family's house by the killer or killers to get inside," the source said.

The servant was reportedly hired by the Khan family on the recommendation of an extended family member.

"It looks [as though] the servant helped the group to strangulate Amir Ullah Khan, his wife, and their three children and was himself stabbed to death to hide the identity of the killer or killers."

Police found no signs of forced entry at the Khan household, but the family's Land Cruiser was at the front of the house, its door open and keys in the ignition.

Security guards posted in the street say they saw Asghar leaving the house, driving the Land Cruiser, at about 4am, returning about an hour later.

Additional Inspector General of Police, Dr Sultan Azam, said Mr Khan had received death threats recently.

"When the deceased move to Islamabad, he did not inform the local police about the threats. He just purchased weapons for his protection."

Mr Khan's aunt and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa parliamentarian Nafeesa Inayatullah Khattak told Fairfax in Islamabad the murder of five people over land and money was senseless and destructive.

"They were such a loving, caring, close family. They didn't deserve to lose their lives like this. They did nothing wrong. We want justice for what they did. It was so brutal. You don't kill a child, a small boy, just because he is a witness."

Ms Khattak said she was confident the perpetrators could be identified, but not that they would brought to justice.

"This is Pakistan, everything is for sale. The judges are for sale, the investigators. These cases can be delayed, people get away without punishment.

"I have had a lot of hardship in my life but this … I have forgotten how to cry. This incident has, literally, broken my trust. I cannot trust anyone."

Ms Khattak urged the Australian government to pressure Pakistani authorities to ensure a thorough investigation and speedy trial.

"That [pressure] will ensure the police and courts do their work properly… we must have justice for Amir."

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Fairfax: "Our High Commission in Pakistan is working with authorities in Pakistan who have commenced an investigation into the suspected murders.

"The High Commission and the department are also maintaining contact with family members."

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