20 Jul 2013

Poison plot in Pakistan

8:13 am on 20 July 2013

Police in Pakistan are seeking the arrest of a politician in connection with the fatal poisoning of 22 people.

They believe the plot was the result of a political feud between two branches of the family.

Arsal Khan Khichi is accused of hiring a cook to poison food at his cousin's home last month.

The BBC reports Mr Khichi lost to his cousin in a recent election in Punjab. However, his rival was not at home when the poisoning took place. Mr Khichi is now thought to be in Dubai.

Police are questioning Mohammad Rafiq, a cook who says he was paid to poison the food.

The poisoning occurred in the town of Mailsi, about 70km south-east of Multan, on 9 June.

About 50 people fell ill after the meal, with 22 people dying.

Police say they waited until medical reports confirmed poisoning before they arrested the cook.