Published On: Thu, Jan 16th, 2014
Published in Category: Crime

Chaudhry Aslam murder: Investigation of attack transferred to CID

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KARACHI: Investigation of the suicide attack on Superintendent of Police (SP) Crime Investigation Department (CID) Chaudhry Aslam was transferred to the CID, private news channel reported on Wednesday.

According to the police, the transfer took place because the case was high profile and sections of anti-terrorism act were included in the case.

Aslam and his two guards were killed on January 9 when a suspected suicide bomber – later identified as Naeemullah, son of a prayer leader – drove an explosives-laden vehicle into his car on Lyari Expressway, in Karachi’s Essa Nagri neighbourhood.

DIG CID will select an officer from the department to carry out the investigation. The CID will be better at carrying out the investigation, the police said.

Investigation into the assassination of the late fearless officer had revealed on January 13 that the attackers had a second vehicle with explosives as backup. Eyewitnesses had said they had seen two vans at the toll booth on the expressway.

The police had nominated Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah and his spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid on January 11 in the FIR for the suicide attack that killed Aslam.

On the same day, senior police officials – including Sindh Police Chief Shahid Nadeem Baloch and CID AIG Iqbal Mehmood – had visited the crime scene and examined the reports of forensic experts.

A highly credible source in the Sindh police had said that a special team of the Military Intelligence (MI) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) were helping with the investigation. He had further added that the attack showed that there were black sheep in the police force, who had tipped off the militants about Chaudhry Aslam’s routes. Around 200 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the blast.