Peshawar: Police suspect local involvement in SHO killing
PESHAWAR: Police officials investigating the killing of Nasir Bagh Police Station House Officer (SHO) Khaista Khan in a blast suspect local criminals may be involved in the incident. The SHO was killed along with his driver while his two gunmen sustained injuries when they were targeted with 12-15 kilogrammes of remote-controlled explosives hidden in a hole on a main road near the Juma Khan Khawr area on May 24. The blast tore his police van into two.
A police investigator told Daily Times on condition of anonymity on Tuesday that an investigation into the incident was in progress by a police team led by the investigation senior superintendent of police (SSP).
He said the criminals could have targeted Khan due to his strict policy against them and for conducting police encounters. He said that so far police had made no arrest in the case but arrests are expected in the coming days.
However, he did not rule out the possibility of militant involvement in the incident and said that this aspect was also being investigated. A senior police official said that it was probable that someone sitting across the canal, which runs parallel to the road, detonated the explosives. The area across the canal is within the limits of the Khyber Agency, which is very close to the scene of the blast, he added.
He feared that criminals’ activities in the area might increase after the killing of an officer who had a deep understanding of criminals and their activities in the rural areas. Khaista Khan was awarded the highest police gallantry award, the Qauid-e-Azam Police Medal in 2006 after he killed Ihsanullah, a leader of an inter-provincial kidnapping ring in the Regi area.
NWFP Inspector General of Police (IGP) Malik Naveed has formed a seven-member committee led by Investigation SSP Ghulam Muhammad to investigate the killing, which consists of Cantonment ASP Hassan Asad Alvi, Investigation DSP Muhammad Tahir, Nasir Bagh Investigation Officer (IO) Muhammad Yousaf, IO Regi Shaukat, Tehkal SHO Rajab Ali and Inayatullah Shah of the Investigation Wing. Investigation SSP Ghulam Muhammad told Daily Times they were investigating the case from various angles, adding that nothing further could be said about the investigation at this stage.