Murderous twist

There can be little doubt Kamran Faisal must have been under a fair degree of pressure, as are many NAB officials.

Editorial January 19, 2013
Faisal, who held the position of assistant director at the bureau, was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room at the federal lodge number 2. PHOTO: FILE

The mysterious death of NAB assistant director Kamran Faisal has added a new dimension to the Rental Power Projects (RPP) case, involving Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. Connections between the events are immediately being drawn, though things as yet are far from clear. Faisal, an investigator in the RPP case, and according to some accounts, the author of the main report in it, was found on January 18 hanging from a ceiling fan at his allotted residence in the Federal Lodge in Islamabad. The police, including the Inspector General Islamabad, have stated that the death appeared to be a case of suicide, with the single door to the room locked from the inside. However the family of the officer, including his father, has immediately raised doubts over the suicide story, holding that Faisal, the father of two children, was murdered.

An autopsy has been ordered, and while its initial report has termed Faisal’s death a suicide, the whole matter remains bizarre and rather troubling. It also remains to be seen what action, if any, the Supreme Court — which is now due to take up the RPP case on January 23, after rejecting the NAB report submitted to it as ‘unsatisfactory’ — will take over the matter.

There can be little doubt that Kamran Faisal must have been under a fair degree of pressure, as are many NAB officials. However, he had a fair amount of experience, having joined the force in 2006, and it is not known what kind of turmoil he may have been facing. Right now, there are simply too many variables. All we have is mere conjecture, and this too is not healthy. Given the nature of the case and the delicacy of the RPP issue, it is important we get to the bottom of the matter. Otherwise speculation will continue, adding not only to the complications in this case but to the troubled political scenario as a whole, at a time when too many doubts waft through the air keeping us all bound in an unsettling net of uncertainty.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th, 2013.


ahmed | 8 years ago | Reply

A simple forensic analysis and telephone calls would indeed reveal that a honest officer and good officer has been killed in cold blood. Unless Kamran 's killer are brought to justice no officer would dare challenge the status quo. Now it is poor parents, children and his wife who has to deal with ghastliness of his killers. In Pakistan every one wants to rid of corruption but as is obvious from this profile case that no man who speaks the truth is safe from the killers in high place and they do their deeds with impunity. I hope his killers are given exemplary punishment and Chaudhry should take this case. Kamran for his family sake wanted off this case because he was threatened by the would be killers days in advance to alter his report but he refused.

Me | 8 years ago | Reply

they should also do a forensic analysis of his phone records!

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