Azizabad police on Tuesday arrested the main suspect in the murder of a 15-year-old Afghan boy.
Noor Agha was shot dead on Sunday, allegedly by an apartment-owner in Karachi’s Karimabad area, after he asked for Rs25 for cleaning a staircase.
Superintendent Police (SP) Gulberg Bashir Brohi said that the suspect was arrested while he was reportedly trying to flee the country on a US-bound flight. The suspect was carrying a large amount of Pakistani and foreign currency, he added.
The officer said Noor was a scavenger of Afghan origin who, along with his brother Umer and others — all residents of the Machar Colony near Sohrab Goth — collected garbage from localities in Karimabad for a few rupees per family. On Sunday, Noor and his colleague, Naimat, had washed the staircase of a flat owned by Ayaz Malik and demanded Rs25 for their services.
Instead, the suspect retrieved his pistol from his apartment and allegedly shot the boy daed before fleeing the crime scene.