10/06/2017 4:24 PM IST | Updated 10/06/2017 4:48 PM IST

Three Pakistani Men Justify Their Decision Of Having Almost 100 Children

"Allah will take care."

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In this photograph taken on May 20, 2017, Pakistani father Gulzar Khan, 57, who has 36 children from his three wives, sits with his children as he speaks during an interview with AFP at his house in the northwestern town of Bannu.

As Pakistan carries out its first population census in nearly two decades, three Pakistani men have shared how they feel about about fathering nearly 100 children. "Allah will take care," they told the Agence France Presse newswire.

The men echoed the belief that Islam prevents family planning, AFP reported. Tribal enmity also drives men to have more children in Pakistan, which has the highest birthrate in South Asia.

Gulzar Khan, the father of 36, told the newswire, "God has created the entire universe and all human beings, so why should I stop the natural process of a baby's birth?"

Khan, 57, lives in the city of Bunna with his three wives. His third wife is pregnant.

Khan's brother, Mastan Khan Wazir, who has three wives and 22 children, told AFP that his grandchildren are too numerous to count.

Jan Mohammed, the father of 38 children, has asked the government to provide resources to his family. Mohammad, who lives in Quetta, wants a fourth wive and his goal is to have 100 children.

"The more Muslims grow, the more their enemies will fear them... Muslims should go for more and more children," he said.

The three men did not allow their wives to share their thoughts on family planning.

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