The police have recovered a nine-month-old baby girl who was missing from a rented house where the bodies of the baby’s 35-year-old mother and a seven-year-old girl were found on March 15.
The woman and the girl, who was the woman’s niece, were allegedly strangulated. The woman’s husband was detained by police for interrogation after the bodies were discovered but later released. The woman and her husband’s families are originally from Karachi.
The baby was recovered from a house in Karachi earlier this week after the police traced an unidentified number on the mother’s cell phone to the port city.
According to the police, the number was found to have been active on the site of the alleged murders in Islamabad and reactivated a day later in Karachi.
A police officer told The Express Tribune that a man identified as Mateenullah had dropped off the baby at the house, which belonged to his older brother. The police have not established Mateenullah’s connection to the murders yet. He was not present at the Karachi house at the time of the raid, said police.
The baby was handed over to her grandfather in Karachi. The police are still treating the woman’s husband as a suspect and investigating the incident.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2014.
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