ISLAMABAD, July 5 -- A man who suspected his sisters were involved in adulterous relationships with a neighbor slaughtered 13 members of his family in Pakistan's central province of Punjab, police said Friday. Police in the city of Faisalabad said Mohammed Nawaz killed his mother and 12 other relatives because he suspected one of his aunts and his sisters had developed an intimate relationship with fellow villager Abdul Jabbar.
Nawaz, 22, who appeared with police at the news conference, said he decapitated all 13 victims with a hatchet. He said his uncle Mohammed Hanif was working in Saudi Arabia, while Hanif's wife had sex with Jabbar. Nawaz said he tried to discuss the problem with his father and uncle, but they did not believe him. 'So I had no option but to take the matter into my own hands,' Nawaz said. On Thursday night, Nawaz took a hatchet, wrapped his face with his mother's scarf and attacked his relatives who were sleeping together in a courtyard. The only members of the family to escape were his father, a sister who locked herself in a bathroom and a child who fled through the door while Nawaz was busy slaughtering the others. 'I did this to protect the honor of my family,' said Nawaz, who appeared composed. 'I don't regret this.' The gruesome crime even attracted the attention of Pakistan's Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who ordered police to conduct a full investigation.