KARACHI: A Mercedes involved in a fatal accident recently was found from the farmhouse of a Pakistan Peoples Party MPA and former police officer, it emerged on Monday.

On April 8, an eight-year-old boy was killed and his mother injured when the fast-moving car hit them in Gulshan-i-Iqbal near Maskan Chowrangi and sped away.

East-SSP Dr Farrukh Raza said Bibi Nauria and her son, Syed Yusuf Agha, were crossing the road when they were run over by the driver.

A case was registered on the complaint of Syed Ahmedullah, who said that his sister-in-law along with her son was crossing main Allama Shabbir Usmani Road, opposite KFC in Block-7, when a Mercedes car hit them due to negligence of the driver, who fled along with the vehicle after the incident.

The police recovered the said car from the farmhouse of PPP MPA Farooq Awan, who is a former SSP.

In a video being shared on social media, the victim’s father, Syed Mohammed Agha, who was present at the farmhouse when the car was recovered, could be heard saying that the MPA had given his farmhouse to the suspects for ‘hiding’ the car. He wondered how the lawmaker could give protection to such people.

MPA Awan did not respond to Dawn’s attempts to seek his version.

However, a section of the media quoted him as having said that the car belonged to his friend’s son, Furqan. He also claimed that the car had been parked at his farmhouse without informing him. The former SSP said that he has been the owner of the farmhouse for the last 10 years.

He said his friend Zahid lived in Japan and used to import cars which were usually parked at the farmhouse.

Meanwhile, the opposition PTI demanded that MPA Awan be made part of the police investigation.

Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2024

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