KARACHI: Police investigators claimed to have arrested on Wednesday the key suspect in the murder case of Halima and the lost child case of her son, Abdullah.
The accused, Rizwan, was arrested from Super Highway by the Frere police investigation wing. “We have finally arrested him [Rizwan], a key-accused in the case,” said investigation officer Irshan Karim. “But we have just arrested him. We will have to start questioning him about why he killed Halima and handed her son to the Edhi Foundation,” he explained. The officer said that it has yet to be ascertained whether Rizwan killed Halima or if it was someone else.
A police official told The Express Tribune that the accused was arrested from Gujrat, Punjab with the help of an intelligence agency and his interrogation will start after he reaches Karachi tonight (Wednesday night). On the other hand, police officials said that they arrested the accused from Super Highway.
This is the second major breakthrough. Earlier, the police arrested Rizwan’s wife, Sonia. Rizwan had dropped Abdullah at the Edhi Centre, claiming he had found him deserted at Do Darya. Later, after Rizwan went missing and a body thought to be Halima’s was found in an apartment in Delhi Colony, the police began to consider him as the prime suspect. A case against Rizwan and Sonia has been registered at the Frere police station.
Sonia told the police that she did not know Rizwan’s whereabouts. She said that Halima, Sonia and Rizwan lived in the same house in Mehmoodabad, during which Rizwan and Halima became friends. She added that sometime later Rizwan got Halima an apartment in Delhi Colony.
Halima had been married to Muhammad Iqbal, 69, a resident of Khanewal, for the last 10 years. Iqbal, who addressed a press conference at the Edhi Centre last week, said that he divorced Haleema a few months ago. Iqbal has asked for Abdullah’s custody.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2016.