Wali Khan Babar murder: One by one, 4 men linked to investigations bumped off

Published: April 16, 2011
Wali Khan Babar, 29, was shot dead on January 13. PHOTO: FILE

Wali Khan Babar, 29, was shot dead on January 13. PHOTO: FILE


Two policemen, a police officer’s brother and one informer linked to the investigations into Geo reporter Wali Khan Babar’s murder on January 13 have been methodically targeted over four months.

Wali Khan Babar was shot dead in Liaquatabad No. 1 near the Apwa school as he was going home from office. The Special Investigation Unit was tasked with the case.

“All four victims are linked to the case,” said a police officer who did not want to be named because of the inherent dangers in investigating the case. Even the Karachi chief of police, Saud Mirza, admitted in a press conference on April 7 that there was a problem. “There are threats to the lives of the investigators of this case,” he said, “but we are making arrangements for the foolproof security of these officers.” At the press conference, the police announced that five men had been taken into custody.

First victim

The first victim was Rajab Ali Bengali, a police informer, who was found dead, his body in a sack, on January 29 in Gulshan-e-Iqbal No. 6. The police found in his pocket a slip of paper with the name of head constable Arshad ‘Kundi’ written on it. The note said that Kundi would be “next”. An officer involved in the investigation explained that HC Kundi was linked to the Babar case as he was taking information from Bengali and was giving it to TPO Liaquatabad Naveed Khwaja.

Second victim

The second victim was police constable Asif Rafiq who was killed in a drive-by shooting by two men on a motorcycle on his way home to Liaquatabad’s police lines on January 31. He was linked to the case as he had identified the vehicle Babar’s attackers used. He was at the spot at the time of the murder and noted down its registration number.

Third victim

The third victim was head constable Arshad Kundi (linked to victim No. 1). On March 19, he was shot dead in a drive-by attack by two men on a motorcycle in Sohrab Goth. He worked with the Gulshan-e-Iqbal investigations police.

Fourth victim

The fourth victim, Naveed Khan, was the brother of SHO Supermarket Shafiq Tanoli, who was part of the investigations. Naveed Khan was shot dead on April 7, the same day chief of police Saud Mirza gave a press briefing on the Wali Khan Babar case. “This was done to pressure me,” Tanoli has told journalists, while referring to the Wali Khan Babar case.

He told The Express Tribune on Friday: “I was a member of the team formed with the TPO Liaquatabad to investigate this case. We arrested an important suspect from the Punjab. Aside from this, there was no other reason why someone would target my family. We’ve looked at all other possibilities.”

The SIU’s joint interrogation team has concluded that Babar was followed soon after he left his office at Shaheen Complex that day. One of the arrested men is alleged to have told the police that he was given information from the office that Babar had left the building.

On April 7, the police chief announced that five men involved in target killings, including Babar’s murder were arrested. The men were identified as Faisal Mehmood, Muhammed Ali Rizvi, Muhammad Shahrukh Khan, Syed Tahir Naveed Shah and Muhammed Shakeel. They were arrested from Gulshan-i-Iqbal.

At least 17 to 18 men were involved in the journalist’s murder, and Faisal ‘Mota’ was the mastermind, while three other accused men are still missing. The murder was planned in KBR Colony at Mota’s house for January 12. After they failed to locate Babar, they followed him from his office and intercepted him near Apwa College.

“Babar was killed for his daring reporting about target killers, land grabbers and drug peddlers,” said the CCPO. The men are hardened criminals and involved in other target killings, but we are not sure of their political affiliations, added Mirza.

On April 9, the five men were remanded to the custody of the SIU till April 18.

The police claimed to have found a Suzuki Cultus, registration number ADZ- 301, which was used by the alleged killers. It was this car that helped the police find the main culprit in the case, Liaquat, who is allegedly a city government employee.

Murtaza Khan Babar, the victim’s brother, told The Express Tribune that they could not comment on the case until the challan was presented. “We want justice,” he said. “Wali Babar won’t come back but at least if the culprits are punished this won’t happen again.”

He is disappointed with the reaction from the ‘leaders’ of the Pakhtuns. “They used to first sell water and petrol and now they are selling our blood,” he said, adding that none of them had come to even condole.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 16th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • ali
    Apr 16, 2011 - 6:51AM

    now who could possibly be behind such a sophisticated, methodical campaign?

    hint hint: its not cia/raw/mossadRecommend

  • babar siddiqui
    Apr 16, 2011 - 8:35AM

    everyone in karachi knows who is behind the killing of wali babar,it’s just that no media group has the courage to name the party that got wali babar killed.The police knew within 3 days of investigating the murder who the killers were,but couldn’t do anything as the “politics of mafamat” requires that the responsible political party not be named lest they leave the coaltion & the govt. falls.Recommend

  • aftab khan
    Apr 16, 2011 - 8:39AM

    The media group owners will never allow the party to be named that got wali babar killed.All the media houses have their head offices in karachi & an overwhelming majority of the media groups are owned by people of the migrant community that came to pakistan from india in 1947.

    They have an overwhelming bias in favour of the largest party in karachi & do all they can to protect its image & its interests.All of karachi knows who got wali khan killed but no one has the guts to name the party involved.Recommend

  • saad akthar
    Apr 16, 2011 - 9:01AM

    Wali should have realised that if you want to live in karachi you have to play by the rules of the bhai log,otherwise you end up in a grave.Media in karachi is not free but live in constant fear of their lives if they dare say anything about the largest party in karachi.Recommend

  • Architect
    Apr 16, 2011 - 11:01AM

    everyone knows their political affiliation, But sadly! CCPO is an ignorant soul.Recommend

  • Apr 16, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Please give justice to Wali Khan babar who was targeted for conveying truth to the Public.Recommend

  • Shhh Dont Tell Anyone!
    Apr 16, 2011 - 12:12PM

    The famous Pakhtun group in Gulistan Johar is behind the target killing of Wali Khan Babar,

    Wali Khan Brother statement:
    Murtaza Khan Babar, the victim’s brother, told The Express Tribune that He is disappointed with the reaction from the ‘leaders’ of the Pakhtuns. “They used to first sell water and petrol and now they are selling our blood,” he said, adding that none of them had come to even condole.Recommend

  • Dr Imran
    Apr 16, 2011 - 12:41PM

    Its high time this “criminal gang” working under the guise of political party should be banned and its terror wing dismantled and wiped out..Recommend

  • ScaredKarachiite!
    Apr 16, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Its sad, media should tell the truth!

    They didnt even bothered to highlight the target killers list,which had 23 names from MQM! Media is leting down our police force who are showing some progress…Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Apr 16, 2011 - 3:11PM

    IT is not much difficult task to eliminate these dogs from our society. Just what we need is the unity, just one voice and will to eliminate whether it is Bhai Log or Behan Log, whatever. Insha Allah one day we will see their fate in near future.Recommend

  • Syed
    Apr 16, 2011 - 5:01PM

    Retarted comments, !!! nothin else, Wali Khan was a supproter of MQM and close friend of Haider Abbas Rizvi!
    He was killed because he gave coverage to operation against drug mafia in Pehlwan Goth. He received death threat from it.!! Watch Tallat Hussains program on his killing you will get the answers(remind you Tallat Hussain is extremely neutral person as far as Karachis politics is concerned). Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Apr 16, 2011 - 5:26PM

    I think he is not killed by someone we like to name… he is killed by someone of his own ethnicity…Recommend

  • Javed Khan Babar
    Apr 16, 2011 - 5:41PM

    We had seen such stories in Bollywood movies in which a don and his gangsters (or party) take the whole political and governmental systal hostage, make high profile politicians play in their hands and kill their rivals or whoever dares to oppose them with impunity.
    Now, we are watching it in real life. Police and other law enforcement organizations are unable to take on them, becuase these organizations are under pressure from ‘Uppar’. And the ‘Uppar walay’ know that engaging these killers and gangsters could leave them with losing a ‘significant political ally’, thus putting their Kursis in jeopardy.Recommend

  • Javed Khan Babar
    Apr 16, 2011 - 5:53PM

    @Shhh dont tell anyone, Why would this Pakhtun group kill Wali Khan Babar?
    The whole world knows that Wali Khan Babar was targeted by a gang in a plain anti-Pakhtun sentiments. Thats it. If you have any ‘breaking’ proofs about his murder I would sincerly ask you to please share them with the investigating police, it may probably help to bring his murderers to justice.
    By the way, I am not a big fan of either ANP or MQM. Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 16, 2011 - 6:49PM

    No one has the guts to come out and say that a certain fascist party killed Wali Babar.Recommend

  • sanjithmenon
    Apr 16, 2011 - 7:41PM

    One Question pleaze: How can a muslim kill a muslim! it must the yindoo-yehudi-Amrika nexus!Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 16, 2011 - 11:56PM

    Wali Khan Babar who ?

    8 human beings just slaughtered today ,What about them ?

    Scores of poor daily wage earners of Orangi Town are killed by ANP goons in Banaras and Kati Pahari everytime there is a “hungama “, what about them ?.

    Enough of hulaballu and brouhaha by you and your kind Mr.Blogger , on this Wali Babar , What stops your pen to jot down a few lines for those innocent souls of Orangi ? huh …!

    Are they the children of a lesser God or is your part of Karachi is too far away to hear the wailings of widowed women and orphaned children ? Recommend

  • Apr 17, 2011 - 4:34AM

    All media houses want there existence in Karachi, So no one is telling the truth about these killings.Recommend

  • LUA
    Apr 17, 2011 - 5:44AM

    @sanjithmenon grow up pleaseRecommend

  • Mohsin Makrani
    May 7, 2011 - 11:26PM

    Faisal Mota and his brothers Farhan, Shoaib & Mohsin they both are invelved in 12 may case to and they killed many of people and they all are running illegal business of WEAPONRecommend

  • Mohsin Makrani
    May 7, 2011 - 11:29PM

    They all bastered have involve in land grabbing/encroachment.
    I wish they all will reach at their Last DestinyRecommend

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