Imran Khan orders inquiry into murder of SP Tahir


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said he has ordered an immediate inquiry into “the shocking tragedy of the murder” Superintendent Police (SP) Tahir Khan Dawar, who had gone missing from Islamabad late last month. “Have followed the shocking tragedy of the murder of SP Tahir Khan Dawar and ordered KP govt to coordinate with Islamabad police in holding an inquiry immediately,” the premier tweeted. “Minister of State forInterior ShahryarAfridi has been tasked to oversee it with an urgency and present the report to me,” he added. On Wednesday, Information Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Shaukat Yousufzai said the Afghan government had confirmed the martyrdom of SP Dawar. SP Dawar had gone missing from Islamabad on October 27. Speculation over the fate of the missing officer mounted on Tuesday when pictures of a body found in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, purportedly that of Dawar, started circulating on socialmedia platforms.While speaking to media, the provincial minister said the body of the martyred police officer could not be received onWednesday. “Apolice team returned from Torkham border crossing after waiting there all day,” he said, adding that the body islikely to be handed over to Pakistan on Thursday. Asif Ghafoor Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major GeneralAsif Ghafoor took to twitter on said onThursday and termed the vicious murder of Superintendent Police (SP) Tahir Dawar in Afghanistan as highly condemnable. The ISPR DG said that the kidnapping of the SP, his transfer to Afghanistan and the follow upbehaviour of the Afghan authorities raised serious questions. “The SP’s killing was not just the work of a terrorist organisation in Afghanistan, butsome others were also involved,” he added. Asif Ghafoorfurthersaid that the Afghan security forces should cooperate in border fencing and bilateral bordersecurity coordination to deny the use ofAfghan territory against Pakistan especially when the Pakistani authorities were investigating the murder. Earlier, the Foreign Office of Pakistan said that theAfghan government had confirmed the discovery of a body along with the service card of SP Dawar. The body was handed over to the Pakistani officials. It said the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul that locals found a body in Dur Baba district of Nangarhar province on Tuesday.