BAHAWALPUR: South Cantt police claimed on Tuesday to have nabbed a man suspected of killing his father and then setting his body alight to prevent it from being identified.
According to details, Malook Shah resident Major Haq Nawaz, who was associated with an intelligence agency, was reported missing on December 29. Uch Sharif resident Zahoor Ahmad, the brother of the deceased, had filed a complaint on account of Nawaz’s disappearance at the South Cantt police station wherein he had accused his nephew Adnan Haider of abducting his father Nawaz and demanding ransom from his relatives.
Haider, who used to work as a development official at a local bank, had gone missing in the wake of the case’s registration. DPO Sarfaraz Ahmad Falki had constituted a special police team under City DSP Shafqat Atta to nab the absconding suspect.
Haider was nabbed on Tuesday by South Cantt police’s SHO Mohsin Sardar from Rawalpindi. The SHO told The Express Tribune that the suspect had confessed to killing his father. He said he had later set the body of the deceased alight. Sardar said police had discovered the major’s remains near a canal in Basti Bhaidwan area. He said police had taken the remains to the Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH) to take a sample for a DNA test which was deemed impossible as even the deceased’s bone marrow had been burnt.
Haider told journalists that his father had contracted a second marriage 16 years ago. He said he had never given his children from his first marriage their due much to their chagrin. Haider said he had shot his father early on December 28 in a fit of rage while his relatives were away in Rawalpindi. He said he had set his body alight and later placed his remains in a shopping bag that he had then dumped near the canal in Basti Bhaidwan area. Haider said he had then proceeded to join his relatives in Rawalpindi.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2016.