KARACHI: A senior joint director of the State Bank of Pakistan allegedly murdered his mother in Clifton over some domestic dispute on Thursday evening, according to the Boat Basin police.

Ghulam Rabbani, an officer in grade-19, stabbed his mother, Naseem Akhter, to death inside their apartment in Clifton Block-4 near the shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi.

The suspect was arrested along with the weapon (knife) used in the murder, the police said.

“It was a very sad incident as apparently, the son has killed his mother,” said Karachi-South Zone DIG Dr Jamil Ahmed. The police were looking for the an exact motive for the murder, he said, adding that usually motive in such cases did not emerge immediately.

However, Clifton SP Tariq Nawaz told Dawn that preliminary investigations showed that the held suspect reportedly divorced his wife on Wednesday night. On Thursday evening when the suspect came back from office, he had an altercation with his mother over the same matter, said the officer.

He said the suspect’s sister was also present at home at the time of murder but she fell ‘unconscious’ after seeing her mother dead. “She is not in a position to record her statement,” he said, adding that the suspect, too, did not come up with details of the incident. “He appeared to be a religious-minded man who also tended to attend religious congregations,” said the Clifton SP.

The body was later shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination.

Dr Seemin Jamali, head of the JPMC emergency department, said the victim’s young daughter, too, was brought to hospital besides the body. “She was in a state of shock and was discharged from hospital after being provided medical treatment,” Dr Jamali added.

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