ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani man shot dead his teenage niece because she was listening to loud music, police said on Tuesday.

Muhammad Gullistan, 30, found his niece alone at her home on Sunday in Kallar Kahar Valley in Chakwal, 90 km southeast of the capital, Islamabad.

"Muhammad Gullistan visited the house while her family was away," police officer Qaisar Abbas told Reuters. "He asked her to turn the music down but she refused and they had an argument. He shot her with a 33-bore pistol."

"The girl Rehana Bibi was alone at her home and was listening to music when her uncle ... came to her house and asked to lower the volume," Sadat Ali, another official on duty at Kallar Kahar police station, told AFP.

"On her refusal, they quarrelled and Gullistan shot her dead," said Ali, adding that Bibi was aged about 17.

Another police official, Ali Akbar, said they were attempting to arrest the killer. Police said they were not aware of any family feud leading up to the attack.

Women are murdered every day in Pakistan for perceived slights against conservative social traditions.

According to law, a woman's next of kin can forgive her murderers. Since women are often killed by their close relations, the loophole allows thousands of murderers to escape without punishment.

In 2013, 869 cases of so-called "honour killings" were reported in the media, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. The true figure is probably higher since many cases go unreported.

The Aurat Foundation, a campaign group that works to improve women's lives in Pakistan, says more than 3,000 have been killed for "honour" since 2008.