MP Speaks Out After Increased 'Marriage Dispute' DeathsPerry Barr MP, Khalid Mahmood, is urging parents in the UK of any religion, culture, and race to make sure that their children are happy with marriages being arranged for them.

Mahmood's comments came after a recent incident in Pakistan where British parents Gul and Begum Wazir Gul were killed last week after travelling there to apparently settle an arranged marriage dispute involving their daughter.

Mahmood stated: "I encourage parents to talk to their children on this matter before things go too far. It looks like the parents in this instance did listen, but too late. I do not want that to happen again.

"It is said that it was an honour killing but there was no honour on what apparently went on there.

"People need to know that in the sub-continent in places like India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, things are not the same as they are here and that their children will have seen a completely different way of life to that.

"It is also not as safe as people are taking for granted, and things need to be looked into thoroughly before marriages are arranged."

Mr Mahmood added: "It is something we need to be careful of in this constituency. The community needs to be able to help one another out on this.

"I see it a lot where a young person is brought over here in an arranged marriage and then it does not work out for one reason or another and we are left to pick up the pieces.

"It is something that is a concern for me, yes. I do think people may want to look at possibly more arrangements within this country or at least going to the country beforehand several times to see what it is like before committing.

"It can make a difference in the long-term."

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