Keeping up with your child tiring you out?
Meet Sardar Jan Mohammad Khilji from Pakistan, father of 35, who hopes to raise 65 children more. That makes a total of hundred, if your Math isn’t strong.
Khilji is currently on the look out for a fourth wife to make his goal a reality. His three wives support his ’cause’ and according to him live together in perfect harmony.
So does the eldest child, Shagufta Nasreen, a girl of 15 who dreams of learning medicine like her father. Explaining her father’s quest for a big family, she says, “a large family is like Allah bestowing a case of mangoes.”
The eldest son, Mohammed Esa, thinks his father’s aim is noble. But says he would personally seek a number higher than 100.
Khilji, who claims to be a trained medical compounder, runs an unregulated clinic where minor ailments are treated for Rs 250, while the poor are treated for free. His household expenses are reportedly over Rs 1,20,000 which his clinic certainly does not cover, but Khilji insists he has never faced any financial difficulties.
As his family expands, so will his needs. For now, Khilji has requested the government to provide for food, education and the medical expenses of his family, but even if that doesn’t work out, Khijli says God will help them.
In 2013, Khilji ran for provincial office, with a double bed as his party symbol, but didn’t get enough votes to win.
Since the media picked up his story, Khilji has reportedly received several marriage requests through social media.
While the first marriages were arranged by his parents, it looks like the fourth one might just be thanks to Facebook.The family lives in a five-bedroom home in Quetta, in Balochistan. While it is rare, polygamy is practised in Pakistan under the Islamic law.
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