Police discovered the 12-year-old skeletal remains of a woman from a garbage heap in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal area on Thursday.

How did the mother die?

According to SSP East Tanveer Alam, the remains were identified to be of a woman, Zakia Khatoon, who had died around 12 years ago. The official revealed that the woman’s remains had been retrieved from a freezer at her apartment in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Block 11, before they were dumped in the garbage heap. “The victim’s remains had been preserved by her children, Shagufta and Ehsan, for the past 12 years out of love,” he said. He said that when their mother died, the siblings, instead of burying the body, kept it in a freezer. But, a few months ago, the two siblings also died, he added.

A murder mystery

The brother of the victim found her remains and later dumped them into garbage. The body has been sent for autopsy and the brother has been taken under custody. However, according to Mehboob, the brother, he had found his sister’s body on a mattress inside the home after visiting her apartment two days ago. He said that the two siblings had died separately around four months ago.

Speaking to DawnNewsTV, Mehboob denied knowing that his sister had passed away. He stated that he had asked the two siblings about his sister several times but the two did not meet people from the family or from the neighbourhood.


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