Tarbela Colony: Three boys still missing, one body found

Twelve-year-old Saad’s remains were discovered on bank of Indus River

Our Correspondent July 30, 2015
Twelve-year-old Saad’s remains were discovered on bank of Indus River. PHOTO: FILE

HARIPUR: The remains of one of the four minors who were missing around Eidul Fitr from a high-security zone of Tarbela dam—a colony—have been found. Twelve-year-old Saad’s body was found from Indus River on July 29.

Israr Ahmed, a Wapda employee of Tarbela colony, said his nephews (children of Shah Zaman) Hafan,4, Hussain, 10 and Yasir, 12, along with his own son, Saad, 12, went to the market and did not return.

“Zaman came with his family to celebrate Eid with us and on the afternoon of July 23, the boys left and did not return. We looked everywhere but failed to find them. The family is going through a traumatic time,” said Israr Ahmed.

According to locals, the children might have drowned in the main spillway which is very close to the colony and where young boys often go to catch dead fish. However, some believe they might have been kidnapped by an organised gang and shifted to Afghanistan.

Ghazi police officials, who lodged the complaint, dismissed the notion of the boys being kidnapped and believe they might have drowned.

On the evening of July 29, Saad’s body was discovered from the banks of Indus River, on the outskirts of Swabi. The police officials are still looking for the other three  missing minors.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2015.



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