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Mehmood Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister, has said on Sunday that a high-level Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been constituted to investigate the killing of martyred police officer Tahir Khan Dawar. Mr. Khan expressed confidence in the capabilities of law enforcement agencies and assured late police officer’s family of full cooperation and protection.
“Our agencies are fully capable of taking the case to its logical end,” Mr. Khan said. According to media reports, the chief minister along with Peshawar Corps Commander Lt General Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood, visited the residence of Tahir Khan Dawar and condoled with the bereaved family.
The condition of Afghan authorities to hand over the body of SP Dawar only to PTM’s leader shows that the Afghan government.
It is important to mention here that SP Dawar was reported missing from Islamabad on October 26 and his death was confirmed by the Afghan government on November 14. The police officer’s body along with his service card was found by locals in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Later on, the Afghan officials refused to hand over the dead body of the police officer to Pakistani delegation at the border.
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The DG ISPR expressed surprise over the development and took to the twitter to highlight the complication and sensitivity of the matter. DG ISPR said that SP Tahir Dawar’s abduction, move to Afghanistan and follow up behavior by Afghan authorities raised questions which indicated the involvement or resources more than that of a terrorist organization in Afghanistan.
Brutal murder of SP Tahir in Afg is highly condemnable. We have lost a brave police officer. His abduction, move to Afg, murder and follow up behaviour of Afg authorities raise questions which indicate involvement or resources more than a terrorist organisation in Afg. (1of2).
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) November 15, 2018
The Afghan delegates insisted that the body would only be handed over to Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Member of National Assembly and a prominent leader of PTM. The refusal of Afghan officials to the Pakistani delegates raised many questions in Pakistan. Prominent media person Dr. Moeed Pirzada tweeted “Afghan Govt’s refusal to hand over coffin of a Pakistani Officer to Pakistan Govt & insistence to hand over to Mohsin Dawar raises questions about the role of Afghan Govt in the whole tragic killing of Pakistani Police Officer & Kabul’s overt backing of PTM”.
Afghan Govt's refusal to hand over coffin of a Pakistani Officer to Pakistan Govt & insistence to hand over to Mohsin Dawar raises questions about the role of Afghan Govt in the whole tragic killing of Pakistani Police Officer & Kabul's overt backing of PTM
— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) November 15, 2018
Analysts believe that the Afghan officials should have handed over the dead body of SP. Dawar to the Pakistani delegate without any question. The refusal to State Minister for Interior is demonstrative of Afghan government’s unstated support for PTM which is widely seen with doubts in Pakistan.
Mr. Khan expressed confidence in the capabilities of law enforcement agencies and assured late police officer’s family of full cooperation and protection.
Moreover, the murder of SP Dawar has exposed the law and order situation in Pakistan where a police officer got abducted from the Federal capital and was sent to Afghanistan despite the presence of troops on the border.
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Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that “have followed the shocking tragedy of the murder of SP Tahir Khan Dawar & ordered KP govt to coordinate with Islamabad police in holding an inquiry immediately. MOS Interior Shahryar Afridi has been tasked to oversee it with an urgency & present the report to me.”
Have followed the shocking tragedy of the murder of SP Tahir Khan Dawar & ordered KP govt to coordinate with Islamabad police in holding an inquiry immediately. MOS Interior Shahryar Afridi has been tasked to oversee it with an urgency & present the report to me.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 15, 2018
The inquiry will help to identify the killers involved in the brutal murder of the police officer. It will also help to understand the role of PTM and its connections with Afghanistan in order to make policies in the future.
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It is believed that PTM is a true reflection of 5th generation warfare. Under the disguise of apparently constitutional demands, state institutes and their dignity have been questioned. And foe seems to have been taking good advantage of the situation. The condition of Afghan authorities to hand over the body of SP Dawar only to PTM’s leader shows that the Afghan government would definitely if not openly support, exploit PTM for their own hidden agendas.
Asking for rights is constitutional but being a source of propaganda is not acceptable. It is time that instead of PTM member having pride in the fact that the deceased’s body was handed over to them, should understand the hidden meaning that gesture has; demean Pakistan’s institutions and authorities.