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Mysterious ‘suicide’ case: Dr Maha’s body to be exhumed for postmortem

KARACHI: Police have decided to seek court permission for the exhumation of Dr Maha Ali Shah’s body for conducting postmortem again after declaring the previous medical report ‘wrong’.

According to police sources, the 9mm pistol had been shot in Dr Maha Shah’s head from the right hand, while, the medical report stated the bullet shot from the left hand.

The police sources said that the medico-legal officer (MLO) had released her medical report without conducting a post mortem.

Sources disclosed that the police investigators have now decided to exhume Dr Maha’s body and conducting post mortem again.

Police said that facts of the case will be emerged after conducting post mortem of the deceased. It has been decided to formally seek permission from the court for exhumation and post mortem of Dr Maha Shah, it added.

On Monday, a sessions court had granted bail to one of the accused, Dr Irfan, in the alleged suicide case of Dr Maha Ali Shah, against a surety bond of Rs500,000.

The accused, Dr Irfan, filed a petition before the court to remove his name from the case, claiming that the case carries sections against poisoning a person, however, the evidence has pointed against it during the investigation.

Maha visited Dr Irfan on the day of her alleged suicide, however, she was not able to meet him even after sitting for four hours in his clinic, the accused said in the petition.

Even the complainant has not submitted any evidence in the case, it read. The court admitted the plea and granted bail to the accused.

It remarked that the complainant’s statements were unsatisfactory and they along with the investigating officer failed to prove Dr Irfan’s involvement in the matter.

It is worth mentioning here that Dr Maha’s alleged suicide took a new twist after police lodged a case on the complaint of the victim’s father against three people on charges of blackmailing and forcing her to shoot herself on August 26.

The victim told her sister that she was abused by a friend, Junaid, and Dr Irfan after intoxicating her continuously, according to the FIR registered at Gizri police station against three accused.

The FIR said when Dr Maha discussed the issue with Waqas Hasan Rizvi and Dr Irfan Qureshi, they also blackmailed her, further adding that Dr Irfan also harassed her after intoxicating her.

Junaid, Waqas and Dr Irfan also threatened to defame her which led her to shoot herself in the head, the report said.

Dr Maha Ali who committed suicide in Karachi’s Defense area on August 18, was a practicing doctor in a private hospital near Bilawal House in Clifton. She was also an influencer on social media with a large following. 

Dr Maha was associated with the South City Hospital and her family was shifted a rental house just 15 days ago of the incident.

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