Investigators looking into a complaint lodged by Osama Khalid, the son of former ISI official Khalid Khwaja who was found murdered last month, approached television anchor Hamid Mir on Thursday and questioned him about allegations levelled against him by the victim’s son, sources told Dawn.

On May 25, Osama Khalid had lodged a complaint against Mr Mir, Usman Punjabi and a militant group called Asian Tigers, alleging that they were involved in the murder of his father.

During the interrogation, the sources said, Mr Mir denied any acquaintance with a man named Usman Punjabi. He also denied having ever talked to the man by phone, the sources said, adding that the voice in the audio-tape had been forged.

The sources quoted the investigators as saying that they would now quiz the complainant, Osama Khalid, on Friday to clear some ‘doubtful queries’. The investigators said that Osama Khalid had not approached the police since lodging his complaint and that a request made to him to furnish evidences, including the audio-tape, of the allegation mentioned in the complaint, had yet to be fulfilled.

The sources said that in his complaint, Osama Khalid had said his father had gone to tribal areas at the urging of Mr Mir and after the release of audio-tape in which the TV anchor had allegedly talked with Usman Punjabi, the matter should be investigated.

Ayaz Ahmad Sayal, Osama Khalid’s lawyer, said that Shalimar police had given them a number registered in the police daily diary after the submission of the complaint.

But, he said, the complainant wanted the registration of a case and action against TV anchor, Usman Punjabi and the Asian Tigers.

He claimed that the Shalimar police had approached the legal branch for advice as to under which section the case would be registered. The fate of the complaint would be clear within a couple of days, he said.

In his complaint lodged on May 25, the complainant had called for a proper inquiry into the killing of his father and a legal action against those behind the murder.

Dawn news

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