Lahore: Police discover 8 grasped people clean-handed in plot to kill Khwaja Sharif
LAHORE: According to the Dawn News on Tuesday, Lahore Police chief Aslam Tareen says the eight suspects arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate the Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice are innocent. Mr Tareen told Dawn on Monday 12 people were mentioned in the report of the special branch about their involvement in the plot. “We have arrested eight of them, and after an investigation it has been established that they are not involved in the plot,” he said. He said the remaining four were hardened criminals and probably were out of the country. He said the department was also verifying the authenticity of the special branch report. Interestingly, Col Ehsanul Haq (retired), the former chief of special branch, told Dawn that neither he nor his subordinates had written the controversial report. In police custody, he reportedly admitted writing the report. The ‘so-called’ report which does not even have the signature of any of the official of the special branch says that three personalities – a federal minister, a federal government’s nominee in Punjab and a Punjab office-bearer – had planned to assassinate LHC Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif through hired criminals. Governor Salmaan Taseer wrote a letter to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, asking him for a judicial probe into the matter. The chief justice, however, asked him to contact the federal government to constitute a commission to probe into any matter of public importance.