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NDS, ISIS or TTP?: JIT to probe who killed SP Dawar

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The Islamabad Chief Commissioner has formed a joint investigation team of seven members for probing the abduction and martyrdom of SP Tahir Khan Dawar. SP Dawar was kidnapped in Islamabad on October 26 and about two weeks later his tortured body was found in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

According to a notification issued, the Islamabad SP (investigation) Gulfam Nasir Warraich will head the committee. The JIT is constituted under the Anti-Terror act and is comprised of police and intelligence officers.

The committee members include:

  • Sub-divisional police officer Shalimar Circle, Islamabad
  • Deputy superintendent of police Crime Investigation Department, Islamabad
  • A representative of the Inter-Services Intelligence
  • A representative of the Military Intelligence
  • A representative of the Intelligence Bureau
  • Investigating officer of the case

The JIT has been formed under Section 19 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997. “The joint Investigation Team shall complete the investigation within the stipulated time period as laid down in the ATA 1997,” read the notification.

KP Information Minister Shaukat Yosafzai earlier said that the Tahir Dawar’s heirs, under the Shaheed package, would be given Rs 15m compensation and one of Dawar’s sons will be recruited in the police as assistant sub-inspector (ASI). He stated that Dawar was serving as a grade-17 officer and his widow will be given salary until the time when the martyred officer was supposed to retire from service.

SP Dawar was kidnapped in Islamabad on October 26 and about two weeks later his tortured body was found in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

The First information report (FIR) of SP Dawar’s abduction was first registered under section 365 of the Pakistan Penal Code–kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine a person. With the formation of JIT under ATA, section 302 (premeditated murder) of PPC and section 7 of ATA are also added to the FIR.

Almost after 18 days of disappearance, a picture of SP Dawar from Afghanistan surfaced on social media and Foreign office after a due procedure confirmed that the body found by locals was indeed of SP Dawar. His body was handed over to authorities in Pakistan on Nov 15, after a long negotiation and delay, by Afghanistan.

Read more: SP Dawar & Information War: Pakistan lost both?

Funeral prayers of SP Dawar were attended by KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Governor Shah Farman, Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Afridi and police and military officials. The body was then sent to his family residence, Hayatabad in Peshawar.

Thankfully another scare was averted after Deputy Director Capital Development Authority Ayaz Khan was found at his residence in DI Khan. His mobile had suffered some problems and the loss of communication led to wild stories and paranoia which was bolstered by heightened tensions in society.