By Tahir Siddiqui
KARACHI: A 60-year-old widowed woman, who was living with her two unmarried daughters, was slaughtered on Monday at her rented house in Naval Colony in the remit of the Saeedabad police station, witnesses and police said.
They said that the victim, Saeeda Bibi, widow of Azeem Khan, was alone at the house, as her two daughters, both teachers at a private school in the locality, were at their workplace.
The police said that the elderly woman was killed by unidentified robbers who also took away the cash and jewellery from the victim’s house.
The victim’s daughters told the police that they left for their school at around 7.30am and returned home at 12.15pm to find their mother lying in a room in a pool of blood with her throat slit.
They said that the locks of the cupboards were broken open and the cash, jewellery and other valuables placed inside were missing.
The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for a post-mortem examination. Sources at the hospital’s medico-legal section told Dawn that the victim’s throat was slit with a sharp-edged weapon such as a knife or a dagger.
The police said that the woman, along with her two daughters, had been living on her own in the rented house for the past two years after estrangement from her only son, who lived with his wife and two children in Manora.
They said that a case (FIR 461/2009) was registered against unidentified culprits under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 392 (punishment for robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of the victim’s son, Saeed Khan.
Meanwhile, the police investigators said that the elderly woman’s murder might be motivated by a personal enmity and the culprit or culprits might have tried to give the incident a colour of robbery to mislead the investigators.