By Tahir Siddiqui
KARACHI: A 62-year-old man, the father of three, was arrested on Wednesday for killing his wife and a 29-year-old daughter at his house in Waheedabad in the remit of the Rizvia Society police station, witnesses and police said.
They said that Malik Mohammed Siddique, a retired superintendent of the Karachi Port Trust and hailing from Chakwal, opened fire on his wife, Fahmida, 60, and daughter, Safia Malik, 29, at around 7am. He also stabbed them.
The bodies were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsies. Sources at the hospital’s medico-legal section told Dawn that the victims’ wounds suggested that they were hit by a bullet each in the abdomen. They said that the victims also received multiple stabs in their upper torsos.
The police quoted the suspect as saying that he killed his wife and daughter because they refused to live with him in Islamabad.
They said that the suspect’s younger brother had also killed all nine members of his family in Punjab some years ago and was serving a life term.
The police said that a preliminary investigation into the double murder disclosed that the suspect was living with his eldest son, Dr Adil Malik, in Islamabad, while his younger son, Khan Mohammed Malik, was in London. His wife and daughter were living in Karachi.
They said that Fahmida got her daughter, Safia, married a month ago with one of her (Fahmida’s) maternal cousins, Iqbal, who was already married with three daughters, without the consent of other family members.
However, the police said, Safia was divorced 10 days ago.
The police said that a pistol and a kitchen knife were seized from the crime-scene. They said that three spent bullet casings of the pistol were also secured from the spot.
The police said a case (FIR 169/2009) was registered against the suspect under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of Fahmida’s younger brother, Mohammed Anees.
They said that another case (FIR 170/2009) was registered against the suspect under Section 13-D of the Pakistan Arms Ordinance, 1965 for possessing an unlicensed pistol.