The abduction and murder of SP Tahir Dawar - Daily Qudrat Global

The abduction and murder of SP Tahir Dawar

Superintendent of police (SP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tahir Dawar was first reported missing from his Islamabad residence on October 27. According to reports, the police officer had arrived in Islamabad along with his driver earlier in the day. He was staying at his home in F/10 and went for a walk at approximately 8PM. He left his mobile phone and pistol at his home and never returned. On November 13, pictures circulating on social media claimed to show the dead body of the Dawar found in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. The federal government and police authorities said they had no confirmation regarding reports of Dawar being killed. “It is a matter of national security and someone’s life, and cannot be discussed on an open forum,” State Minister for Interior Shahryar Afridi responded when asked by reporters about the pictures circulating on social media. November 14, the Afghan government confirmed the discovery of a body along with the service card of SP Tahir Dawar. A press release by Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul that locals had found the body in Dur Baba district of Nangarhar province a day earlier. On November 15, Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted about the murder of SP Tahir Dawar calling it a “shocking tragedy.” The prime minister orders an immediate inquiry which would be overseen by Shahryar Afridi. Following the prime minister’s tweet, Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Afridi spoke on the floor of the Senate about SP Dawar’s abduction and murder. SP Dawar would receive death threats and his brother and sister-in-law had previously been martyred. FIR of SP Dawar missing was registered on October 28. Afghan government confirmed reports of his martyrdom on November 14. The police officer was abducted from Islamabad and then taken to Mianwali from where he was taken to Bannu and then to Afghanistan. During his address in Senate, Afridi said: “some people want to destabilise Pakistan.” The minister promised to make an example out of those responsible for SP Dawar’s murder.

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