–Son of deceased officer dissatisfied with progress made by govt-formed JIT
SP Tahir Khan Dawar’s family expressed dismay at the government’s inability to make progress in the investigation of the cop’s murder despite the passage of nearly three months.
On Oct 26, SP Dawar, head of Peshawar’s rural police, was kidnapped in Islamabad and his body was recovered in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province during next month.
Amjad Tahir Dawar, the elder son of the deceased officer, alleged the government of keeping silent over the investigation and trying to sweep the matter under the carpet.
He demanded an international commission to investigate the abduction and murder of his father. “We no longer have any trust in the government,” he stated.
After PM Imran Khan took notice of the case, the federal government had formed an eight-member joint probe team in the abduction and murder.
Amjad said the prime minister had requested the family to trust government authorities instead of demanding an international probe. “We met Prime Minister Imran Khan at PM House and he assured us that a proper investigation would be carried out by forming a parliamentary committee comprising members both from government and opposition benches,” he said.
He said the family was told by the government at a press conference that the notification for the formation of the five-member parliamentary committee, which was to oversee the JIT probe, would be issued within three days. They were also informed that the family could repeat its demand for an international investigation if they were not satisfied with the work of the committee, Amjad added.
Since the press conference, he said, government officials have only given the family assurances about the formation of the committee. “Instead of three days, we waited for three months but there has been no substantial progress regarding that,” he claimed.
Amjad said they had asked Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi to fulfil the government promise of forming the parliamentary committee at a meeting last week in Islamabad.
“Shehryar Afridi just told us to trust the government,” SP Dawar’s son said, claiming that when they inquired about the progress in the murder probe, the minister remained silent.
Amjad said his family wanted justice and because his father’s murder involved two countries [Pakistan and Afghanistan], a fair and unbiased investigation was not possible without an international commission probing the case.
“We want an independent body to probe and unmask the faces behind the incident,” the officer’s son said. “We will not give up.”
He also said that the family was yet to receive the compensation package of Rs70 million as promised by the government.
Meanwhile, North Waziristan MNA Mohsin Dawar, in an interview with local media, said the state interior minister had announced the formation of the parliamentary committee on the floor of the house, but the government was yet to form the body.
He said the government has so far not shared the progress in the murder investigation being conducted by the JIT.
SP Tahir Dawar had disappeared from the limits of the Ramna police station on Oct 26, 2018. The police could not find a clue to his whereabouts. The SP’s brother, Ahmed Din, said his family had received a message that he was in Sarai Alamgir near Jhelum but his mobile phone was switched off.
Weeks later, SP Dawar’s body was recovered from a remote area of the Afghan province of Nangarhar and later handed over to his family in Pakistan.