Several MQM workers have been booked for killing Inspector Nasir-ul-Hasan who took active part in 1990′s ‘Karachi operation’. The officials told Dawn that initial investigations into the killing of the Brigade SHO and his guard showed that at least six assailants took part in the attack.

Published news reports say workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement have been booked in the murder case of a police officer and his armed guard who were ambushed in a Lines Area locality on Thursday evening, officials said on Friday.

Capital City Police Officer Waseem Ahmed confirmed that the suspects nominated in the FIR (308/2010) were associated with the MQM. However, an MQM spokesman declined to comment.

Inspector Nasir-ul-Hasan, the SHO of the Brigade police station, who was known for the active role he played in the ‘Karachi operation’ of the 1990s, along with his armed guard, Khurram Butt, was targeted when he was returning to the police station in his private jeep.

The FIR was registered on behalf of the state at the Brigade police station under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 324 (attempted murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 392 (punishment for robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7-A of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

“Those nominated in the FIR are Shabbir alias Dhobi, Taqi Butt alias Mamu, Nadim, Asif alias Chitta and their eight to 10 accomplices,” said an official at the Brigade police station.

He said that so far no arrest had been made in the case.

In his brief response to Dawn’s queries, the CCPO said: “Being the chief of the city police, I assure everyone that the investigations would be carried out purely on merit and no one should have any doubt about it.”
The officials said that initial investigations into the killing of the Brigade SHO and his guard showed that at least six assailants took part in the attack.

By thoroughly examining the crime-scene and the bullet-riddled vehicle from different angles, police investigators concluded that at least six assailants sprayed the private jeep of Inspector Nasir-ul-Hasan with bullets.

“The assailants used sophisticated weapons of different kinds,” said Investigation SP Arshad Kamal Kayani. “We came to know that they (assailants) left the scene on foot and didn’t use any vehicles to escape. However, these findings are based on initial investigations.”

The SP replied in the negative when asked whether the investigators succeeded in obtaining any eyewitness account to prepare the sketches of the assailants.

When asked whether it was not odd that nobody saw the assailants in the congested neighbourhood near the German Hotel in Lines Area, police officials observed that fear mostly kept people from sharing information about such incidents with the law-enforcers.

Inspector Nasir-ul-Hasan along with several other policemen was booked in a case pertaining to the killing of peasant Rasool Bux Brohi in a staged encounter. He remained in prison for many months in this case.

Meanwhile, Provincial Police Officer (PPO) Sultan Salahuddin Babar Khattak and other senior police officers attended the funeral prayers of slain constable Khurram Butt at the Police Headquarters, Garden.

The PPO also announced an amount of Rs2 million each as compensation to the bereaved families.