Islamabad: Killer of ex-AG of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Manhunt ends in Oman
ISLAMABAD, May 16: An alleged killer of former advocate general of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was brought to Pakistan from Oman on Monday evening, ending a little more than yearlong manhunt, police said.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Bani Amin told Dawn that Roohullah was arrested in Oman some days back with the help of Interpol and an Omani law enforcement agency for his alleged involvement in the killing of Mohammad Sardar Khan on February 3 last year in Islamabad.
He was brought to the capital in a PK-620 flight, which landed at the airport around 6:50pm. A police team headed by DIG Amin shifted him to Shalimar police station amid tight security.
On February 3 last year five people, including a woman, requested a meeting with Sardar Khan for discussing a case when he was at the house of his daughter in Park Avenue in F-11. At Ibne Seena Road in G-11/2, they killed him and escaped.
The accused plotted the murder after Sardar Khan turned down offer of money for losing a land grabbing case he was fighting for Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) against Roohullah in the Peshawar High Court. The 168-kanal prized land worth billion of rupees is in five different localities of Peshawar, including Hayatabad and Saddar.
As the Supreme Court had taken suo motu notice of the killing, the probe turned into an international manhunt as the alleged killer escaped to Peshawar, Afghanistan, Dubai and Muscat.
According to DIG, Roohullah was arrested in Dubai in January this year by the immigration staff, but he managed to get a case of “cheque dishonour” registered against himself. This helped Roohullah avoid extradition to Pakistan. In April this year, the DIG said, the accused obtained bail from the local courts in Dubai and escaped to Muscat.
As he left Dubai, the capital police with the help of Interpol started tracking him. Two weeks ago Roohullah`s mobile IEMI number revealed he was in Oman. Armed with red warrant, and with the help of Interpol and Omani enforcement agency, a two-member capital police team arrested Roohullah.
The accused had travelled to Afghanistan on forged documents shortly after the killing last year. Later he moved to Dubai on a fake passport of his cousin Fazal Ahmed. After his escape to Dubai, the police declared him a proclaimed offender and seized his property and bank account.
Soon after Sardar Khan`s killing, the police had arrested Safiullah who told them that apart from him, Roohullah, Waqif Khan, Rubina Suleman and Iftikhar Ahmed were present at the time of killing the advocate general. Afterwards, Rubina was also murdered.
Police teams raided different areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other districts as cases were registered against the relatives and friends who sheltered the alleged killers in their homes. As police teams were sent to other parts of the country, Iftikhar, a close aide of Roohullah, was arrested from Karachi.
Early this year when the Supreme Court was informed about the “arrest” of Roohullah in Dubai, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chuadhry had appreciated the efforts of police.