KARACHI - The investigators have still not been unable to trace the three missing school girls despite a passage of more than a day.

The three girls: I*, B* and R*, aged between 14 years to 15 years, students of class 9th at a private school in Saudabad of District Malir, had gone missing on Friday.

The incident came to light when their parents reached the Saudabad police station on Friday night, and staged a protest demonstration over their disappearance. All the three girls are the residents of the same area and are each other neighbours.

Their parents said that their daughters went to the school on Friday morning as per routine, but did not return, adding that they had informed the police after they failed to find them. Police had initiated investigations after registering the case against unidentified persons.

The investigators have also recorded statements of the school administration. Quoting the school administration, Saudabad SHO Muhammad Ali said on Saturday that the girls had not attended the classes on Friday, adding they had also detained three suspected teenagers who are neighbours of the missing girls.

“However, the initial investigation suggests that they are not involved in the disappearance of the girls,” he clarified.

The officer added the initial probe had also pointed out that the girls had left their homes of their free will.

“However, nothing could be said until the investigations are completed,” he asserted.