The Karachi police made a gruesome discovery on Wednesday night when they found the body of a woman in a garbage dump outside the AGP Office in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The body was between 10 and 12 years old. The woman has been identified as Zakia Bibi, a school teacher. She was around 50 years old at the time of her death.
The police say the body was coated in chemicals and kept in a freezer at her apartment in Block 11 by her son Qaiser and daughter Shagufta.
They stopped living in the apartment in 2009 but kept paying the apartment’s dues, neighbours said. The son claimed his mother was ill.
After they died, Zakia’s estranged brother, 70-year-old Mehboob, arrived at the apartment and tried to dispose of the body. He was caught on CCTV camera carrying the body out in a blanket and handing it over to his son and wife, who drove off and dumped it outside the AGP office.
The police have arrested him and are now investigating the case, the East SSP said.
The son and daughter kept the body out of love, claimed East SSP Tanveer Alam Odho. He said the police have completed a post-mortem examination of the body.
In a video recording, Mehboob can be seen saying that he did not know that his sister had died. On being asked when Zakia’s children died, Mehboob said four months ago.
He said they both died separately and confirmed that their names were Shagufta Ayaz and Qaiser Ayaz.
Mehboob was asked why he never asked the children about the whereabouts of his sister, to which he said that he asked them several times, but the siblings had kept cut off from friends and neighbours.
When asked who took Zakia’s body out of the apartment, Mehboob said he did, but failed to recall when he did it. “I don’t remeber now. Maybe it was three days ago or maybe before that,” he said.
He said no one told him about the body and he went to the apartment himself.
According to residents of the building, Zakia was divorced and often fought with her children.