ISLAMABAD: Police have so far been unable to trace two teenage girls who mysteriously went missing from the capital in October last year. The two girls*, who were also first cousins, went missing together from Zia Masjid area on the evening of October 16, 2016.
One of them was 15 years old while the other was 16. Police said both were four feet few inches tall with brown complexion.
Khanna police had registered a kidnapping case against unidentified persons but investigators found no clue to the alleged kidnappers. “Several teams were constituted to trace the two girls but we have found nothing about them so far,” a police officer said. He said the possibility of the girls leaving their homes on their own volition had not been ruled out. Another official, however, said that not contacting the families for so long was rare in elopement or kidnapping for ransom cases.
The case has been transferred to the investigation wing of the capital police from the police station, and the police have also called out for public help in the case.
The capital police have published the pictures of the two girls on its social media accounts inviting public to share information if they have spotted and know about the two missing cousins.
Earlier this month a seven-year-old girl was recovered from her parents after they paid Rs1.5 million in ransom to her captors. Zarnish Naveed, the child, was kidnapped from outside her house in Bahria Town on July 27 and was recovered on August 4 after payment of the ransom.
*NAMES WITHHELD TO PROTECT IDENTITY
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2017.