An Associated Press review of matrimonial websites showed many families in Pakistan seeking grooms with passports to more prosperous countries, including the United States and Canada, but also in the Middle East.
There were no obvious extremist views on the profiles of would-be brides and grooms. Some Pakistan families, however, told the AP they avoided online matchmaking for just that fear.
“After the incident in California, we should be extremely careful,” said Munir Anwar, a poet in the deeply conservative town of Liaqatpur, in Malik’s home region of Punjab, Pakistan.
People meeting friends or matches online “play with fire,” declared Azim Khalid, a university teacher in the Punjab town of Vehari.