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Questions arise regarding NUML student’s alleged suicide

ISLAMABAD: Kainat Tariq, a 23-year-old student of the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) in Islamabad, died this week from an apparent drug overdose, according to new police reports, which claim that that she bought the pills herself.

An economics student and a member of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society for the past eight months, Kainat Tariq, was reported dead on November 23 by her parents.  A first information report (FIR) was registered in the I-9 police station.

In the FIR, the father claimed that Kainat had been poisoned to death by Red Crescent Secretary General Khalid bin Waleed.

According to Kainat’s father, Khalid had secretly married Kainat and had allegedly taken her to Britain. The father added that Kainat’s mother suspected that she was pregnant, so she was urging Khalid to make her marriage public.

The FIR further read that Kainat’s salary was Rs65,000 out of which Khalid used to keep Rs25,000 every month. The father said that due to these problems, there were quarrels between the two and Kainat was also demanding that he return the money. He maintained that his daughter had been poisoned by the same man and appealed for justice.

Senior police officials told Pakistan Today that the investigation so far has revealed contradictory statements of the parents.

The police said Kainat’s telephone record and footage from outside his office had been obtained. Kainat died after consuming phosphorus tablets in wheat, according to the initial medical examination, which also stated that there were no signs of wounds on the body.

According to police officials, tablets were found in an office drawer as well as a shopping slip.  Later, footage from outside the office also showed that Kainat had bought the pills from the pharmacy with the driver of the office and came back to the office and ate four pills.

Furthermore, the shopkeeper from where the tablets were bought has also been interrogated and it has been confirmed from there that Kainat had bought the tablets on her own.

The police investigation further revealed that immediately after taking the pills, when her health deteriorated, she called Khalid and informed him that she had taken the pills.

According to police, the doctors there said that they did not have the facility to pump the patient’s stomach, so she was taken to the nearby Holy Family Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Holy Family Hospital reported the matter to police, who rushed to the scene.

Police further said that they have not found any marriage certificate in the investigation so far and. They also could not find any evidence of Kainat having been out of the country when they checked her passports. Furthermore, it emerged that her salary was Rs35,000, which is 30,000 less than what the father claimed.

The accused Khalid has been taken into custody and his five-day remand has been obtained in which he will now be interrogated.

The writer is a member of the staff, Islamabad Bureau.