The Karachi police have recovered the body of a woman, who went missing six months ago, from the farmhouse of a retired army officer, it emerged Monday.
The woman, identified as Aziz Akhtar, was reported missing by her family at the Steel Town police station in October 2020.
Her husband had told police that his wife, who was a beautician, left home on October 3 for her beauty salon but didn’t return home. According to the FIR, the family tried to contact her on her cellphone but it was switched off.
Nearly four months after registration of the FIR, Akhtar’s husband – a former Pakistan Steels Mills employee – reached the office of the East DIG Nauman Siddiqui with a complaint. He said the police weren’t doing enough to recover his wife.
He said a man identified as Muhammad Abbas Bangash reached out to the family and said he could help recover the woman if they agreed to pay Rs500,000.
Bangash was arrested by the police in March after the case was transferred to the Anti-Violent Crime Cell. He was presented before a magistrate and remanded into the police custody.
According to the investigating officer, Bangash said he didn’t know who killed the woman but he did know where her body was dumped.
“On the information provided by Bangash, the police reached a farmhouse in Memon Goth, owned by a retired major of the Pakistan Army, and found the woman’s decomposed body,” said Wazir Ali Samon, the investigating officer.
Bangash told the police that Major (retired) Mehboob Akhtar Mian used to visit the woman’s salon with his guards, Sarwar and Hassan.
He said he became friends with Sarwar at the salon during their visits.Bangash claimed that Sarwar borrowed Rs20,000 from him last year. He said he visited the retired major’s farmhouse on October 4 to receive his money but Sarwar wasn’t there.