Intizar murder case: No evidence to implicate ACLC chief yet

SSP Muquddus Haider’s statement recorded in Intizar murder case


Faraz Khan January 25, 2018
Intizar Ahmed. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Investigators have yet to gather evidence against former Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) chief SSP Muquddus Haider to prove his involvement in the killing of Intizar Ahmed. The boy’s father has repeatedly demanded the officer’s arrest.

Meanwhile, the father, Ishtiaq Ahmed, has urged investigators to make public the closed-circuit television footage of the incident.

Police investigators have also formally started investigations into the possible involvement of the SSP in the case but have yet to find any damning evidence.

SSP Haider’s statement was recorded on Wednesday, in which the former ACLC chief said he did not know the girl – identified as Madiha Kayani - who was also in the car at the time of the incident. Ishtiaq also accused her of being involved in the murder.

Madiha has also recorded her statement and the police have even checked the mobile phone records of the victim and girl but found nothing tying either one to SSP Haider.

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There were some reports about the alleged involvement of another girl, Laila, in the case, however, the police officials concerned and the family expressed ignorance about the presence of another girl or her involvement in the case. It has been reported in the media that Intizar was friends with Laila who was close to senior police officers and a politician. According to the reports, Madiha has advised Intizar to distance himself from Laila but he refused.

It has also been reported that Intizar had arrived in Karachi after Laila called him. Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials have started looking for Laila and also checking Intizar’s complete mobile phone data. However, Ishtiaq has denied these reports.

During the course of the investigations, it was revealed that SSP Haider’s gunmen, Bilal and Danial, had opened fire on the victim’s car, killing him on the spot. In light of this, the boy’s father urged the police to arrest the ACLC chief for his involvement in the incident.

“Checking mobile record and recording statements is not enough. The police should arrest SSP Haider and interrogate him properly,” Ishtiaq.

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CTD officials investigating the case hinted that they may release the CCTV footage soon. “So many speculations are going on about it. Let us reach a conclusion then we will probably release the footage,” said CTD DIG Amir Farooqi. Political parties have also demanded the footage be released, with many leaders visiting the boy’s family. Muttahida Qaumi Movement - Pakistan leaders Amir Khan, Khawaja Izharul Hassan and Shabbir Qaimkhani and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders Imran Ismail, Haleem Adil Shaikh and others visited the family on Wednesday and demanded the release of the footage.

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