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SP Dawar’s murder in Afghanistan, behavior of Kabul regime raise questions: ISPR

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RAWALPINDI, (DNA) – The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the military has condemned the brutal murder of SP Tahir Dawar in Afghanistan.

In his statements on Twitter, the Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said: “Brutal murder of SP Tahir Khan Dawar in Afghanistan is highly condemnable. We have lost a brave police officer. His abduction, move to Afghanistan, murder and follow up behavior of Afghan authorities raise questions which indicate involvement or resources more than a terrorist organisation in Afghanistan.”

The director general further said that “While investigations by Pakistani authorities are in the process, we reiterate that Afghan security forces to cooperate in border fencing and bilateral border security coordination to deny use of Afghan territory against Pakistan.”

Afghanistan hands over Dawar’s body to Pakistani govt

The dead body of the martyred Superintendent Police Peshawar Tahir Khan Dawar was handed over to a Pakistani delegation on Pakistan-Afghan Border at Tourkham on Thursday evening.

Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Khan Afridi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Shaukat Yousafzai were present at Torkham to receive the dead body of Tahir Dawar.

Mohsin Dawar and other people were also present on the occasion.

Slain SP’s dead body is being brought to Peshawar by helicopter. The funeral prayers of Tahir Dawar will be offered at Police Lines in Peshawar.

Tahir Khan Dawar was kidnapped by some unknown persons in Islamabad on 26th of last month.

His dead body was recovered in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan the day before yesterday.

Meanwhile in a statement tonight, the Foreign Office spokesperson said the sad episode of retrieval of the body of SP Tahir Khan Drawar, following his brutal murder in Afghanistan two days ago, ended as an official delegation brought it back today.

The spokesman added that after the news of Tahir Drawar’s death broke out on the evening of 13 November 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul immediately contacted Afghan authorities for confirmation of the news and handing over of the body of the deceased to Pakistan.

‘The mysterious tragedy of Tahir Dawar is heartbreaking’

The Afghan government had informed the Pakistan embassy in Kabul that the body was found by local people in Dur Baba village in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province bordering Khyber and Mohmand tribal districts. It said the body was exhumed and would be handed over to the Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad. The process took a lot longer than anticipated.

“The mysterious tragedy of Tahir Dawar is heartbreaking. May he rest in peace. On this, I talked to both Kabul and Jalalabad. The victim’s body, now at a morgue in Jalalabad, will be handed over with full dignity and respect expeditiously,” Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal tweeted. He added the Afghan government will investigate how Dawar ended up on that side.

The missing SP belonged to North Waziristan. He was promoted as acting SP only a couple of months ago, though his service card found on his badly wounded body said he was deputy superintendent of police. He survived a number of attempts on his life, including two suicide attacks in Bannu in recent years. As family and friends had been demanding his safe recovery, nothing was heard from any senior official of the KP government or the police force.

Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Afridi told the media he cannot comment on it as it was a sensitive issue.

The colleagues and tribesmen of Dawar tribe were angry over the government and police for failing to make any progress in the recovery of the officer despite lapse of over two weeks. There was severe criticism on the performance of the police and the government, both federal and provincial, which failed to recover its own officer. People kept asking as to how they will provide security to a common man if they cannot protect their own officers.

 






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