Jan Muhammad—a resident of Quetta city of Pakistan—who has fathered 33 children from three wives, is expecting two more baby girls this year, with one of his wives expected to deliver a daughter this week. “The bigger the family, the better,” says 43-year-old Jan, the father of 19 daughters and 14 sons, adding that he is spending a happy life with his large family.
According to a report published in leading newspaper Dawn, a doctor and trader by profession, Jan, says he cares for his children himself and the only difficulty he encounters is that he often forgets their names.
Jan, who considers himself “young at heart”, is now ready to merry forth one to bring more happiness in life with his large family.
The large family lives in Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta’s eastern bypass area on the outskirts of the city, a remote neighborhood inhabited by low-income families.
“I spend about Rs 100,000 ($ 1,000) a month to educate my children,” says Jan, whose children range between one and 16 years old. His favorite child is his eldest daughter, Shagufta Nasreen, who is studying in the ninth grade.
“When Papa comes home, I am the first to open the door as soon as possible so he doesn’t have to stand outside,” she says with a smile.
When asked about his decision to have such an unusually large family, Jan says: “I had only one brother when I was growing up, and I was very fed up with that reality. I always wanted a large family.”
Jan’s large family came into the media limelight when he requested multiple copies of the Form B for his children, a request which Quetta’s Deputy Commissioner rejected, deeming the number suspiciously high.
But the Quetta Metropolitan Corporation has issued birth certificates for all of Jan’s children and he has an official ration book from 1974 as an ID document,
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