KARACHI: Lost boy Abdullah broke into a stream of tears when his father Muhammad Iqbal visited him at the Edhi Centre on Sunday.
Abdullah refused to recognize Iqbal and howled, only to be pacified by an Edhi centre staffer.
Iqbal arrived in the city from Khanewal where he lived with his first wife and family.
In a statement Iqbal recorded to the police, he said that he had married Haleema, Abdullah’s mother, ten years ago. Haleema was his second wife. They had gotten married at a mosque in Qayyumabad.
Iqbal had two children from Haleema. His first born was a daughter who died when she was a year old. Abdullah was his second child, the police statement said.
Iqbal added that he had verbally divorced Haleema because of her “suspicious nature” though he had not sent her any divorce documents.
Bilquis Edhi added that Abdullah’s maternal grandmother who lived in Mansehra had also visited Abdullah at the Edhi Centre and demanded his custody.
However, officials at the Edhi Centre maintained that Abdullah will not be handed over to anyone without a court order.
Abdullah was brought to the Edhi Centre on May 31 by a man named Faizan who claimed to have found him at Sea View. A day late police recovered the body of a woman thought to be Abdullah’s mother Haleema from an apartment at Delhi Colony.
After this Faizan, who happened to have brokered a deal for the Delhi Colony apartment went missing. Police is on a lookout for him as he becomes the prime suspect in this murder case.
Investigations revealed that Abdullah’s father Iqbal lived in Khanewal, and was receiving treatment for a psychological ailment.