KARACHI - At a morgue in Pakistans largest city, five linen pouches - each the size of a loaf of bread - line the shelf of a walk-in freezer. Wrapped inside each small sack is the corpse of an infant. The babies are victims of what one relief agency calls Pakistans worst unfolding tragedy the killing and dumping of newborns. Sometimes they hang them and sometimes they kill by the knife, and sometimes we find bodies which have been burned, said Anwar Kazmi, a manager at Edhi Foundation told CNN. Records at Edhi Foundation show more than 1,200 newborns were killed and dumped in Pakistan last year, an increase of about 200 from the previous year. Families view many of these children as illegitimate in a culture that condemns those born outside of marriage. Statistics show roughly nine out of 10 are baby girls, which families may consider too costly to keep in a country where women frequently are not allowed to work. The babies are usually just days old. Their corpses are often dumped in Karachis sprawling garbage dumps, where theyre sometimes mutilated by street animals, Kazmi said. He estimates hundreds of baby corpses are never found. The head of Edhi Foundation, 83-year-old Abdul Sattar Edhi, said he blames Pakistans crippling poverty and a government that, for decades, has failed to educate the masses, generate jobs and provide citizens with the most basic needs. The distribution of resources by the government is wrong, Edhi said. Many people dont pay taxes; theres no charity, and what you get from the government is all based on your wealth. The Pakistani government has said it is improving education, but 55 million Pakistanis remain illiterate, according to the United Nations. And the government is billions of dollars in debt while entangled in a costly fight against the Taliban and other Islamic militant groups. The killing of newborns gets little attention in Pakistan, and rarely are they investigated by a police force thats often poorly trained, lacks resources and stays focused on whats perceived to be more important crimes. In many parts of the world, female infanticide is still practiced through direct violence but also by intentional neglect, according to the World Health Organization. In some Asian countries, infanticide of girls is enough to skew the population figures in favour of males. The United Nations found, for example, that there are 130 boys to 100 girls in parts of Asia, especially in countries with extreme poverty and overpopulation such as China and India. In Pakistan, until things improve, the Edhi Foundation said it will keep more than 300 cradles in front of their offices throughout Pakistan, where families can drop off unwanted newborns. The foundation cares for them and puts them up for adoption, no questions asked. Its for awareness - that please dont kill your innocent babies, Kazmi said.