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SP Tahir Dawar murder case: Has PTM been exposed?


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In the latest development, the Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor has condemned the murder of Superintendent Police (SP) Tahir Dawar in Afghanistan. He has also asserted this was an act where more than one terrorist organization was involved.

In a series of tweets, DG ISPR said 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.

The DG ISPR also said that while investigations by Pakistani authorities were in process, Afghan security forces should cooperate in border fencing and bilateral border security coordination to deny the use of Afghan territory against Pakistan.

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.

Yesterday, the matter became more complicated when the Afghan officials declined to hand over the dead body of the slain SP to the Pakistani officials. The Afghan delegates insisted that the body will only be handed over to Mr.Mohsin Dawar, Member of National Assembly and a prominent leader of PTM.

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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 the 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”

Social media users urged the government to seriously look into the matter. “#ISPR must investigate the Mohsin Dawar’s role in the Tahir Dawar Dawar’s murder. why on earth Afghanistan didn’t give the body to Pakistan’s officials and instead they handed it to their puppet Mohsin Dawar”

Analysts believe that the Afghan officials should have handed over the dead body of Mr. Dawar to the Pakistani delegate without any question. The refusal to State Minister for Interior is demonstrative of the Afghan government’s unstated support for PTM which is widely seen with doubts in Pakistan.

Read more: PM orders immediate inquiry into SP Dawar’s ‘shocking’ murder

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 broader.

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.”

The inquiry will help to identify the killers involved in the brutal murder of the police officer. It 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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