The body of Superintendent of Police (SP) Tahir Khan Dawar ─ who was abducted from Islamabad last month and found dead yesterday in Afghanistan ─ is expected to be handed over to Pakistan authorities tomorrow, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) information minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai said in a statement on Wednesday.
Police and civil administration have been waiting at the Torkham border since Tuesday night to receive the slain SP’s body.
The body was earlier expected to be handed over to Pakistani authorities today. Yousafzai said a KP Police delegation had waited at the Torkham border crossing all day for SP Tahir’s body but were unsuccessful. He did not mention the reason of the delay.
Miram Sadaqat, the spokesperson of the Afghan Red Crescent, told DawnNewsTV that the organisation’s volunteers will transfer the body to the Torkham crossing as soon as Afghan authorities hand it over.
He said that Afghan police and hospital administration were “collecting information” about the body.
SP Tahir, a police officer who had survived two suicide attacks in Bannu, was kidnapped from Islamabad’s G-10/4 area on October 26. A body believed to be his was found in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province yesterday.
He hailed from North Waziristan district and earlier this year was made acting SP and given charge of Peshawar police’s rural circle. Prior to that he had served as DSP of University Town and Fakirabad and had also had a stint with the Federal Investigation Agency.
Photos of the SP’s badly tortured body with a hand-written Pashto letter placed on his chest, purportedly written by a yet unidentified militant group, went viral on social media on Tuesday before police could officially confirm the happening, but a senior official said a “source” had informed them of the tragic news.
A senior KP official said that the paper found on the body mentions no militant outfit and would be investigated later. The note carries the name of Wilayat Khorasan, the nomenclature the militant Islamic State (IS) group uses to refer to the Pak-Afghan region.
It referrs to SP Dawar with his first name and says that the “cop who had arrested and killed several militants has met his fate”. The note also threatens other people to take caution “otherwise they too would meet the same fate”.
In a statement released today, the Foreign Office spokesperson had confirmed that the body of SP Tahir had been recovered along with his service card by Afghan locals.
According to the FO spokesperson, SP Tahir was discovered by residents in Dur Baba district of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday and handed over to the local police.
The police had shifted the body to Momand Dara district of Nangarhar from where it would be transferred to Jalalabad, the FO spokesperson said. The statement further said that the body is yet to be received by the Consul General of Pakistan in Jalalabad and it “would be subsequently transferred to Pakistan via Torkham border after completion of necessary formalities”.
Islamabad didn’t contact Kabul about SP Tahir, says Afghan envoy
Earlier today, outgoing Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal told journalists at a farewell ceremony that the Pakistani government had not reached out to Afghan authorities for any information about the missing police official.
“How did a police officer disappear from Islamabad and turn up dead in Afghanistan?” he asked.
He urged the leadership of both countries to “sit together” and talk about SP Tahir’s suspected murder.
Zakhilwal also expressed grief over the police officer’s death and said he did not have any information about the abduction.
In response to a question, he said that the Afghan government had been in touch with slain Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam-Sami (JUI-S) leader Maulana Samiul Haq and had urged him to play his role to solve the Afghan issue.
“Apart from reconciliation, Pakistan and Afghanistan have no other way [to achieve peace],” he added
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Press Conference of Shaheed SP Tahir Dawar’s Brother, Shehryar Khan Afridi & Govt Officials.
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari condemned the brutal murder of police officer SP Tahir Dawar in Afghanistan.
“It is shocking that one of our top police officials is kidnapped from Islamabad and shifted to Afghanistan without being noticed,” said Chairman Bilawal Bhutto. He questioned why the government had not put security on high alert as soon as news of SP Dawar’s kidnapping was confirmed.
“The way this government has dealt with the entire matter is unconvincing and a lot remains to be answered.”
Chairman PPP said that the PTI government must raise this issue at the highest level with their Afghan counterparts. Instead of blaming the safe-city project and CCTV cameras, Chairman PPP asked the government to find out exactly why Dawar’s kidnapping was not made into a top priority issue.
Chairman Bilawal Bhutto offered his condolences to Shaheed Dawar’s bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul. These surely are testing times for the family and the whole nation shares in their grief.
Have followed the shocking tragedy of the murder of SP Tahir Khan Dawar & ordered KP govt to coordinate with Islamabad police in holding an inquiry immediately. MOS Interior Shahryar Afridi has been tasked to oversee it with an urgency & present the report to me. PM orders immediate inquiry into SP Dawar’s ‘shocking’ murder
The security forces could not investigate & work to recover Police officer SP Tahir khan dawar who was abducted from the capital islamabad 2 weeks back & finally his dead body has been recovered.
PTM Members in Wana held peaceful protest on call of Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen against the brutal killing of SP Tahir khan Dawar.
The protests was lead by Ali Wazir
There will be more protests today all across the country
Tahir khan Dawar is being abducted from islamabad 2 weeks ago.kindly pray for his safe recovery.I am his son Amjid Tahir Dawar.His FB ID remained logged in android he bought for home.
The son of SP Tahir Dawar whose vehicles aren’t allowed to cross check posts for recieving dead body of his father is weary about the behaviour of security personnel. These tactics will push Pashtuns more to the wall. How can we feel at home even if we aren’t allowed to receive dead bodies of our loved ones?
Life has been made a hell for Pashtuns here. They abduct our loved ones, torture them to death and do not allow us to have their mutilated corpses. They demand the grieving families of these slain Pashtusn to chant the hollow slogan of patriotism. It is a pity. We are no more going to tolerate this inhuman treatment.
Thousands of such kids have lost their loved ones ,immediate family members since decades on Pashtun soil but still the state is unable to find a,solution or to answer the unanswered questions behind all these happenings,daughter of Tahir dawar holding her martyred father picture ,we have no answer for the questions the eyes of this little girl is asking.