Conspiracy hatched at Akora Khattak: FIA

Published: May 26, 2010

Benazir Bhutto was killed on December 27, 2007 in a gun and suicide attack after adressing an election rally. (TMN)

RAWALPINDI: A Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team has concluded that the conspiracy to assassinate former premier Benazir Bhutto was hatched at Madressa Haqqania Akora Khattak where suicide bombers had been assigned the job.

The high-powered FIA team headed by Khalid Qureshi has completed its investigation into the Benazir Bhutto murder case afresh. The inquiry report holds Baitullah Mehsood as the principal accused who not only prepared the conspiracy but also arranged for its execution. Five men namely Aitizaz Shah, Sher Zaman, Abdul Rasheed, Rafaqat Hussain and Husnain Gul, who are under custody, have been designated as real accused. The report links the suicide bomber with these arrested men, saying he stayed at the house of these accused for two days.

The inquiry has nominated as accused three officers of the Rawalpindi police – SSP Khurram Ishtiaq, SP Ashfaq Ahmed and Inspector Kashif Riaz, then SHO of police station City. Inspector Kashif Riaz has been charged with the crime that, despite being legally responsible, he did not arrange for the post-mortem of any of the bodies of 24 killed in the suicide attack. SP Ashfaq Ahmed was assigned security duty at Liaquat Bagh, but he went to the highway with his force without any intimation.

To hide this crime he tampered with the police record. Similarly SP Khurram ordered hosing down of the murder site on his own even though he was not authorised to do so. A new interim challan of the case based on these findings will be presented in the special anti-terrorism court No.1 on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court reserved its judgment on Tuesday in a petition seeking to bar the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from probing the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The petition was filed by Bhutto’s former Protocol Officer Chaudhry Aslam.

The applicant’s counsel Asad Rajput argued that Interior Minister Rehman Malik has been nominated as an accused in this case while an application has already been filed in the court for the registration of an FIR against Malik. The petitioner contended that the FIA should be stopped from probing Benazir’s assassination case because it was an agency working under the interior ministry. The petitioner was of the view that if the FIA intended to investigate the case, it would not be possible for it to make a case against the minister concerned. If the agency was to probe the case, the minister should resign first from his post, he said.

The petitioner requested the court that while issuing a stay order, the FIA should be stopped from submitting the interim challan in the court, and its inquiry should be declared null and void. Meanwhile, the federal government’s lawyer, Baber Ali, said that the FIA did not initiate the inquiry on its own, but the federal government had issued a formal notification in this regard. He produced the notification in the court and said that the seven-member inquiry committee comprised intelligence officers from Sindh, Punjab and Islamabad under an officer of the FIA. He argued that the petitioner had earlier objected to the inquiry of the Punjab police and now was criticising FIA’s investigations.

He said that the petitioner had nothing to do with the case and was wasting the court’s time. He requested the court to dismiss the petition and allow the FIA’s joint team to submit its challan.

Published in the Express Tribune, May 26th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • May 26, 2010 - 3:02AM

    How is it a conspiracy if the plans were successful? Recommend

  • anwaarahmad
    May 26, 2010 - 3:07AM

    Hameed Gul and those wardi walas are real culprits, who have made this “maddarsa” a fort of Islamic Jehad against democracy and humanity.Recommend

  • Aftab
    May 26, 2010 - 3:35AM

    I don’t have anything to say about this article BUT

    E-tribune tweeted this article as “(News) FIA: Benazir Bhutto’s assassination plot tracked down to madrassah http://tinyurl.com/37mjxj2 #Pakistan”

    Madrassah means “University” and with no name mentioned in tweet, It goes for ANY Islamic education center. Not everyone opens the link and goes though the articles. You can mention the whole name of that particular place when you have 30 characters left. Recommend

  • faraz
    May 26, 2010 - 3:41AM

    Madrassa Haqqania is run by Molana Sami ul Haq who is also called Molana Sandwitch. There is an intersting background as to why he is called Molana Sandwitch, just google itRecommend

  • Anwer Kamal Pasha
    May 26, 2010 - 4:31AM

    This can be true but who paid Mehsood money for this. Why U.N.Commission complaint of hurdles,Who controlled the Pindi police.Why police told a lie to UN .Recommend

  • May 26, 2010 - 10:11AM

    Few positive things happen on a major political scale in Pakistan and this inquiry is one of them. It has, perhaps for the first time, revealed some hidden conenctions of elements that usually are immune to inquiries and accountability. Good work!Recommend

  • hassan shehzad
    May 26, 2010 - 10:43AM

    if u connect the dots, u will find that those at the helm of all affairs are involved in it. chaudhry aslam has gone too far and now is his turn, suspect many. Recommend

  • Shabah
    May 26, 2010 - 12:00PM

    Isn’t it convenient to that the FIA has linked of The lady’s assassination to a man who is already dead and whose organization is already being hunted?

    Now they can close the case for ever since Mehsud is already dead and his organization is already being wiped out. So no further thing to do except to continue as usual. Very very convenient, isn’t it? Recommend

  • May 26, 2010 - 1:22PM

    Many peoples knows about the reality,real assassins of Bibi.The agencies has full detail with names,Bibi was not killed by those whom the gov highlighting.This case has been salved within 20 days ofter its occurrence,gov is fooling,misguiding the Pakistanis.Recommend

  • jahanzaib.haque
    May 26, 2010 - 5:08PM

    The full name of the madrassa was too long to Tweet. Apologies for any misunderstanding. (Web Editor)

    Recommend

  • AZMAT KHAN
    May 26, 2010 - 5:18PM

    such madarsahs are a safe haven for those who are involved in such
    crimes.it is not possible that a conspiracy for the assassination
    of bb was fabricated in madarsah haqqania without the knowledge of
    those who run it.a thorough inquiry is a must but who will lay hand
    on the sacred cows, the selected people of god?
    Recommend

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