Cab driver’s mission to rescue family
A MAN has rushed to Pakistan to help his family after his brother and his sister-in-law were shot dead in front of their eight children. Habib Rehman, 40, works for Ace Taxis in Stevenage. He described the slaying of his brother Mohammed Razzaq, 44, and h
A MAN has rushed to Pakistan to help his family after his brother and his sister-in-law were shot dead in front of their eight children.
Habib Rehman, 40, works for Ace Taxis in Stevenage.
He described the slaying of his brother Mohammed Razzaq, 44, and his pregnant wife Farzand, 40, as senseless and mindless acts of cold blooded murder.
The couple were sitting down to dinner at their home in Kotli in Pakistan on February 24 with their children, when three masked gunman burst in and shot both parents dead. Their family do not know what the motive was.
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Friends and neighbours ran to the children's aid on hearing the rounds of bullets but the gunmen had split up and escaped.
The children aged between two and 22 were left to deal with their parents lying dead in pools of blood in their front room.
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Mr Rehman's wife Noreen, 37, told The Comet: "I can't believe it. I feel like it is not happening to my family. All I can think about is the children.
"These children desperately need to be moved as they face this house of horror on a daily basis, being constantly reminded of the massacre of their innocent parents.
"I am gravely concerned of the psychological effect this is having on my niece and nephews. The children's welfare and safety are paramount and they need to be removed from this devastating situation as the killers are still on the loose."
Despite being due to give birth any day now Mrs Rehman, who is already a mother of three, is prepared to look after her nephews and niece but she can only do that here in Stevenage.
She said: "It will be a handful but as far as I am concerned it isn't mission impossible. Both my husband and I grew up in big families."
Mrs Rehman said she is hoping Stevenage MP Barbara Follett will be able to help them get the children from Pakistan to Stevenage as quickly as possible so they do not have to be constantly reminded of their parents' death.
A spokesman for MP Barbara Follett said her case workers are looking into the situation for the family.