PESHAWAR: Police on Monday recovered the charred remains of three women from the Tehkal area of Peshawar.
Residents of the area said they initially thought someone had lit a fire in the garbage. But one of the residents, Shakil Ahmad, said he spotted the bodies on his way to the mosque.
SP Cantonment Kashif Zulfiqar said the initial report was filed by the company to whom the land was leased.
“At first it was thought that the bodies were of two women and a man but doctors later concluded that all three were women,” Zulfiqar said.
A source at the forensics department said it very difficult to identify the bodies.
“The only marker for gender identification was the toe which had nail-polish on it,” he said, adding that the bodies were burnt beyond recognition and it was near impossible to get fingerprints.
Police later said that DNA samples had been sent to Lahore in a bid to determine their identities. The station house officer of Tehkal, Naeem Khan, said that no one had come forward to claim the bodies. “We believe that the women were killed somewhere else but the bodies were burnt here,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2016.