Police have run into hurdles in their investigation of a case involving Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel who allegedly assaulted a Saudi military officer last week, The Express Tribune learnt on Tuesday.
According to sources, police have been denied access to ASF officials after a complaint had been filed by Group Captain Al Ashri Shukri Saeed of Saudi Air Force, who was reported to have been seriously injured after ASF officials pounced upon him at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) on May 31.
Police officials have confirmed to The Express Tribune that a written request had been made to ASF authorities at the airport, requesting custody of the ASF officials allegedly involved in the brawl.
Instead, ASF authorities informed the police that a high-level inquiry, headed by ASF director-general was under way to determine facts surrounding the incident and ASF officials could not be handed over to the police.
Moreover, ASF authorities at the airport have also denied police access to the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of the incident.
When contacted, Civil Lines Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Malik Tariq confirmed that a written request had been made for the custody of the ASF officials and for the CCTV footage.
Tariq said that after being denied access by ASF authorities, the police had written a letter to the defence secretary to expedite their requests, adding that there had been no response from the defence ministry as of yet. Tariq said the police could not reach a definite conclusion in the case without recording statements of the accused ASF officials and watching the CCTV footage of May 31.
ASF said, Saeed, who was attending a professional course at the National Defence University, got into an argument with security official Idris Ahmed when his son was called back by the security staff to follow the security check-in procedure again.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2012.
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