JIT formed to probe SP Dawar’s murder

Published: November 17, 2018
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'It's is hoped that Afghan authorities will offer full cooperation in ascertaining circumstances of the murder'. PHOTO COURTESY: TWITTER

'It's is hoped that Afghan authorities will offer full cooperation in ascertaining circumstances of the murder'. PHOTO COURTESY: TWITTER

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) chief commissioner has constituted a seven-member joint investigation team to probe the abduction and martyrdom of SP Tahir Khan Dawar.

According to a notification issued by the chief commissioner’s officer, the Islamabad SP (investigation) would head the committee.

The committee would also include sub-divisional police officer, Shalimar Circle, Islamabad, deputy superintendent of police, Crime Investigation Department, Islamabad, representatives of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Military Intelligence (MI), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and an investigation officer.

The committee had been formed under Section 19 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997.

The directorates general of IB, ISI and MI had been asked to nominate their representatives for the JIT.

SP Dawar, the head of Peshawar police’s rural circle, was kidnapped in Islamabad on October 26 and his body was recovered from Nangarhar province in Afghanistan on Monday.

SP Dawar: The cop who stared terror in the face

The Afghan side reluctantly handed over the body of the officer to his family after a two-day delay and after hours-long negotiations on Thursday, sparking a diplomatic row between the two countries.

The body was taken to the city police headquarters in Malik Shaheed Police Lines, where his funeral prayers were offered. Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Afridi, K-P Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, K-P Governor Shah Farman and military and police officials attended the funeral prayers.

The body was later sent to his Hayatabad residence.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered an immediate inquiry into the ‘shocking incident’. The PM tasked Minister for Interior Shahryar Afridi to oversee the matter with urgency and present a report.

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor had also condemned the brutal murder.  “His abduction, move to Afghanistan, murder and follow-up behaviour of Afghan authorities raise questions which indicate involvement or resources more than a terrorist organisation in Afghanistan,” he said.

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