A former pilot of the Pakistan International Airlines was found dead inside his house in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on Tuesday.
The 84-year-old pilot was found dead at his house on Khayaban-e-Mujahid in DHA Phase VI, within the limits of the Darakshan police station. He used to live with his wife who informed the police about the incident.
According to police officials, the deceased was the father of a son and a daughter, both residents of the United States. "His flight for the US was scheduled for 2:15am on Tuesday as he was going to visit his children," SHO Asif Munawar told The Express Tribune, adding that his wife insisted to go with him and an exchange of harsh words ensued.
"The former pilot was disheartened because of the quarrel and shot himself in the head with a pistol in front of his wife," said Munawar, giving an account of what the deceased's wife had said.
The police have obtained the fingerprints and his pistol that was allegedly used to verify the nature of the incident. The body was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for autopsy. The funeral services of the deceased will be held after his children reach Karachi, said the officer. He added that no case has been registered as it was an apparent case of suicide.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2014.