Benazir murder case: Two police officers added to investigation team

DIG Bani Amin and SP Rao Anwar Ahmed will particularly focus on the terrorism links.


Zahid Gishkori/umer Nangiana December 26, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Two senior police officers have been included in a joint investigation team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) currently investigating the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.

Sources in the interior ministry confirmed that DIG (Operations) Islamabad Bani Amin and SP Karachi Rao Anwar Ahmed have been made part of the investigation team. A notification has been issued by the ministry to this effect, the sources added.

However, DIG Bani Amin, while talking to The Express Tribune, said he has not received any official notification. But sources say the two officers would not have received the notification due to holidays. The two officers will assist the investigation team and will particularly focus on the terrorism links of the case. According to the sources, the two police officers have a good reputation regarding investigation of terrorism-related issues and were therefore chosen for the task.

DIG Bani Amin has been involved in investigations of almost every terrorist attack in the federal capital during the past three years. Except for the twin suicide attacks on Islamabad’s International Islamic University in October 2009, he has been able to resolves almost all cases of terrorism.

Authorities hope that DIG Amin, together with SP Ahmed, will help the five-member FIA team in a speedy completion of the probe.

Commenting on the inclusion of the two police officials in the investigation team, former interior secretary Tasneem Noorani said it should have been done much earlier.  “Better late than never. Investigations by experienced police officials will take the case to its logical conclusion,” he said. Currently, the two Rawalpindi officials, former city police chief Saud Aziz and SP Khurrum Shehzad, who allegedly allowed security lapses in Benazir’s security, are in FIA’s custody on physical remand.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 26th, 2010.

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