By Tahir Siddiqui
KARACHI: A 35-year-old man surrendered himself to the police shortly after he slaughtered his two infant daughters at his house in Landhi on Monday, witnesses and police said.
The police said that the filicide suspect, Mohammed Shahzad, son of Fateh Mohammed, reached the Landhi police station at around 11am to confess that he had slit the throats of 18-month-old Khushi Fatima and nine-month-old Saman Fatima.
The police quoted him as saying that he suspected his wife of having an extramarital affair.
They added that the police seized a kitchen knife the suspect said he had used in the double murder from the suspect’s house (No. 534) in Sector 36-D, Landhi, on the lead given by the suspect himself.
The police said that the suspect’s elder brother, Mohammed Naeem, lodged a case (FIR 171/2009) against his brother under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The complainant told the police that his younger brother lived in the upper portion of their house. He said that his wife observed blood stains on Shahzad’s shirt when he left the house at around 10.30am.
The suspect’s brother said that his brother had been living with his wife at the house of his in-laws for the past one week. He said that Shahzad brought his daughters in the morning without telling his wife and he slaughtered the two infants in his room.
They quoted the suspect’s brother as saying that Shahzad married some four years ago against the consent of his family.
The police said the suspect claimed that he killed his daughters because his wife had an illicit relationship with a man. They quoted the suspect as saying that he also phoned his wife to tell her about the slaughtering of the daughters before he surrendered himself to the police.