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Abandoned girl’s blood sample obtained
Dawn Report
Tuesday, 06 Apr, 2010
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KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, April 5: Police obtained the blood sample on Monday of the unknown 11-year-old girl who was left outside the house of Dr Aafia Siddiqui in Gulshan-i-Iqbal area of Karachi by some people on Sunday. They also took the blood sample of Ahmed, the elder son of Dr Aafia.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik was quoted on Sunday by electronic media as saying that the fingerprints of the young girl did not match the ones present in Nadra data base under the name of Mariam.

However, Mr Malik’s statement, which was based on Nadra’s official response, was different from what senior policemen said.

A senior police officer overseeing the investigation told Dawn that Nadra officials had tried to match the unidentified girl’s fingerprints to those present on Mariam’s manual passport issued in 2003.

Since the passport was not machine readable, technically it was not possible to match the prints on it to the girl’s passport, the officer added.

However, SSP Investigation of Zone East Niaz Ahmed Khosa told Dawn that the authorities had sent the blood samples obtained from the two children to the Institute of Biomedical and Genetic Engineering (IBGE) in Islamabad.

The DNA profiling of the two samples would be carried out to determine if the girl is related to Ahmed. The results may take a week’s time, the SSP said.

The SSP said that since the family was taking care of the young girl, the option of sending the girl to the Darul Amaan had been not considered.

If the results confirmed the young girl is Mariam, she would be formally handed over to the family, the officer said, adding that if she was not Mariam, she would be sent to the Darul Amaan.

An interior ministry official in Islamabad told Dawn that the girl was believed to have been kept in captivity in Afghanistan till now.

When asked why the Afghan government had not been contacted to confirm the identity of the girl if she was Dr Siddiqui’s daughter and had been held in Afghanistan, the official said that Kabul had never admitted that the girl was present in that country.
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