Law student 20-year-old Dua Mangi, who was abducted last week from Karachi’s Defence area has returned home, media report.
Deputy Inspector General (South) Sharjil Kharal confirmed that Dua had reached her home safely today. He added that investigations into the case are ongoing.
“By the grace of God and blessing of the loving people of Sindh, people of Pakistan and friends from all over the world, my daughter Dua Mangi reached home safely,” the girl’s father wrote in a Facebook post.
Dua’s mother while speaking to the media said, “Our daughter has safely returned home. Thankful to the media and the civil society.”
Earlier, Dua’s uncle, Waseem Mangi, while speaking to a private news channel had confirmed of her return. “There are many angles to the issue. I cannot speak about any particular one [right now],” he said.
Moreover, her aunt told the media that no assistance was provided in her recovery and she had returned only through the prayers of the people of Sindh and the media’s help.
Late on November 30, Mangi was kidnapped by armed men from Bukhari Commercial in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) while her friend Haris Fatah Soomro was shot at and wounded.
On Thursday, DIG Kharal had said: “It appears to be a case of kidnapping for payment.” He had said that it had been ascertained through investigation that the student was kidnapped for ransom, without elaborating. The DIG South was leading different teams of police probing the incident.
Police had said on Tuesday that they suspected a criminal gang was behind Mangi’s abduction.
According to sources, Dua’s father told police that 10 days ago her daughter had a fight with her friend, later identified as Muzaffar, and a few days later she was abducted.
Police had deduced that the kidnappers may have used a car that was snatched earlier from the Pakistan Employees Cooperative Housing Society (PECHS) neighbourhood last week.
Khattak added that four armed robbers had snatched Javed’s car at gunpoint from outside his residence and a first information report (FIR) was subsequently registered at Ferozabad police station.
On Thursday, the family of the abducted girl had denied rumours of receiving a ransom call and had criticised Sindh Police and the provincial government for their failure in recovering the abducted girl, claiming that the rumours of ransom were being spread to divert attention from the protests demanding Dua’s recovery and to cover up the authorities’ failure.