Kharotabad killings: Strong pledges, vague recommendations

Published: July 3, 2011

Judicial tribunal says police, FC personnel showed complete incompetence by not catching the foreigners alive. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

QUETTA: 

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani pledged to implement recommendations made by a judicial tribunal in its report on the Kharotabad shooting. However, the parts of the report made public on Saturday do not have any specific recommendations – even against those officials held clearly responsible for the shooting deaths of five unarmed foreigners on May 17.

However, though unarmed, the tribunal, on account of evidence, stated that it appeared that all five foreigners had received terrorist training and had “active linkages” with some banned terrorist organisations operating in Pakistan. It said that they could have been caught alive which would have been highly beneficial to the security forces in terms of unfolding the entire network. “Due to the callous stupidity of the police and FC officials, the possibility of unearthing an entire terrorist network will remain shrouded in mystery,” the report said.

The tribunal held four officials of the police and FC accountable, saying that former Capital City police officer Quetta Dawood Junejo and FC Lt Colonel Faisal Shehzad, being the highest ranking officer and commander of police present at the spot, displayed an absolute lack of professional competence, initiative and foresight that would be expected from them.

Junejo showed a lack of courage in the planning and ability to organise and act in a befitting manner, despite ample time at his disposal, and thus, by not taking the right action at the right time, had made himself liable to being brought to book.

The tribunal said that Lt Colonel Shehzad had in fact gone one step ahead by “willfully resorting to the massacre, instead of capturing the foreigners alive, thereby showing a culpable lack of courage, planning ability and determination to properly organise and handle the situation.”

SHO Kharotabad Fazalur Rehman and ASI Raza Khan of the airport police station were declared the two main officials responsible for the incident.

“They committed a culpable act of the worst order by not conveying the right message to the police control, which later resulted in the catastrophic death of the five foreigners and one live foetus. They could have easily been captured,” said the report, adding: “In addition to that, ASI Raza showed willful silence by not informing the police or the FC officers about searching the foreigners”.

‘Recommendations’

The tribunal only made a few general and overarching recommendations to thwart such incidents in the future, such as revamping of the police force in order to make them self-sufficient in handling major law and order situations.

The report also suggested that explosive-detectors should be made available at every police station keeping in view the prevailing law and order situation.

The tribunal’s report said that, despite the worsening law and order situation, no heed has been paid to ensuring strict checking by law enforcing agencies of the border areas to stem foreigners who enter Pakistan illegally.

The tribunal recommended installing CCTV cameras at
all entry points of Quetta as well as entry points of the country.

‘Confusing the truth’

The tribunal observed that some police officials had not only resorted to the tactics of “confusing the truth” by planting fake witnesses, but had also maltreated two of the witnesses, Jamal Tarakey and Dr Syed Baqir Shah, under the guise of “fake allegations”.

The tribunal said that it was revealed that except for Mukumov/ Numan, all others were Russians nationals, residents of Dagestan Republic.

Mogomedove alias Abdul Aziz and Sherkolovenauh visited Iran [Mashhad City] for seven days [November 28 to December 5, 2010] as evident from the Iranian visa in their passports, whereas Mukumov/Numan, a resident of Doshambay city, Tajikistan and Olga Shreder, a resident of Saakha Republic (Yakootia) Russi, visited Mashhad City as was evident from the visa of the Iranian government on their passports issued by the Tajkistan and Russian governments respectively. They stayed in Iran for three days [November 30 to December 2, 2010].

The tribunal further said that the evidence led to the conclusion that the foreigners had entered Pakistan through infrequent routes, while in possession of explosive devices and material.

“The evidence leads to the conclusion that such material was brought by them from abroad, so as to provide help and assistance to the terrorist organisation operating in Pakistan,” the tribunal said in the report.

Meanwhile, Inspector General Balochistan police Rao Amin Hashim said that the police would implement the recommendations of judicial tribunal once they receive the report.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2011.


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Reader Comments (9)

  • Zahid Qureshi
    Jul 2, 2011 - 9:34PM

    All the law enforcement personnel involved should be tried in Anti Terrorist Court and hanged at the same spot with in ten daysRecommend

  • Zafar
    Jul 3, 2011 - 3:43AM

    By looking at this picture there would be hardly anyone who doesn’t want to share his feeling about the incident. I see huge number of comments on political issues, controversial statements of scholars, songs, etc.. But I find no one to make remarks or share his/her feelings on this painstakingly event. It is important to discuss or comment on it. There are facets of this events that needs to be discussed. The lack of tolerance in our society has reached a level where it may be regarded as a national habit. Having a different or opposite point of view is a right of each individual whose conscience is faded away among us. One must condemn this heinous crime at all levels. There were also incidents where security guards, police constables and officials of low-rank were blown-up by these criminals yet no word of appreciation, no follow-up in news and no comments for those who lost their lives in view of protection of the people. Can anyone imagine the sufferings of a family of a local constable? Perhaps no one of us would even remember a name of a security guard/constable. If I can not value his sacrifice why would anyone next time risk himself for the protection of my life. This might be another reason why they opened fire on those women in the fear that who would take care of their families and wipe off tears and sufferings after they are blown-up in a suicide bomb. I hold myself equally responsible by not acknowledging their sacrifices. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 3, 2011 - 5:05AM

    It is such a shameful inhuman act of killing these innocent people. The Inquiry report is not enough to prevail the justice, the people responsible for this horrifying act should be well punished rather then just some calling for some strict actions.Recommend

  • Jul 3, 2011 - 5:07AM

    Well the colonel will get off scot free, the others however will bear the brunt…Recommend

  • Why Emily?
    Jul 3, 2011 - 6:15PM

    The tribunal just concluded that the foreginers were in fact trained terrorists. Doesn’t that change pretty much everything?
    Sure the police force and the FC are still considered stupid for not capturing them alive, but who knows what would have happened had they not gunned them down? Something to think about.Recommend

  • Scoobydoo
    Jul 3, 2011 - 6:59PM

    seven months pregnant terroristress….without arms and ammunition…..difficult to understandRecommend

  • naveed
    Jul 4, 2011 - 10:26AM

    in china there is road named 4 dead road,, the story is at time of construction of that road, 4 officers of highway department were found involved in corruption in, they government immediately executed them named as 4 deadRecommend

  • Ali
    Jul 4, 2011 - 10:51AM

    I guess this particular event exacts much more than mere sentiments. It is very easy to raise eyebrows over the role of security personnel here , but lets put a soldier’s hat for a while and now think. We are in a country, where suicide attacks are a norm , security personnel are the main target of these attackers, dozens of suicide bombings attacks on armed forces and paramilitary forces are reported on monthly basis. Those who dare to search the suspected person, they bear the risk of 99.5% chances of a certain death. So in such situation, when you find yourself in such a position where you caught few foreigners in uncanny circumstances, what options are you left with? go for a detailed body search of a potential suicide bomber who just have to press a single button to blow himself up? ??
    I guess an honest answer required from the masses.Recommend

  • Ezanius Rooz
    Jul 4, 2011 - 1:47PM

    I went through the above comments and justifications, also heard the voices that tried to justify the ranger killings in karachi (BB Shaheed Park)….. also watched the witnesses that spoke against the two brothers that got killed in Sialkot in the holy month of Ramadan. I guess the acts are unjustifiable….. not on humanistic grounds atleast!!!!!!! and if such acts are done by men in uniform then it threatens everyone…… it shows the mentality of a corrupt mindset that divides the society into classes and treats the CIVILIANS as a herd….. Alas people are still trying to justify the brutality!!!!!! lets call it JUSTICE WITH GUNS AND BULLETS FOR PEACE…… it can be me and it can be you, one day……Recommend

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