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Pakistani Cook Accused Of Mass Poisoning Arrested

Police in Pakistan have arrested a cook accused of poisoning 22 people to death in a political feud.

Sadiq Dogar, police chief of Mailsi in the eastern province of Punjab, said on July 18 that the cook, Muhammad Rafiq, was allegedly paid $500 by a politician to poison a rival's family.

Dogar said that after losing in May's provincial elections, Arsal Khan Khichi allegedly planned his revenge on the winning candidate, his cousin Jehanzeb Khan Khichi.

The police chief said the cook confessed to poisoning nearly 50 people at Jehanzeb Khan Khichi's residence on June 9, killing almost half of them.

Jehanzeb Khan Khichi was not at home at the time.

Police are now searching for Arsal Khan Khichi.

Political feuds in Pakistan are often common among members of the same clan competing in elections.

Based on reporting by AP and