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Police afraid of touching man in jail

Updated August 01, 2013

ISLAMABAD, July 31: Islamabad police are in a big quandary whether or not risk opening Pandora’s Box in investigating an alleged land grabber and terror of the federal capital territory sent to jail on judicial remand by a local court last week.

Dawn has been told that if investigations are initiated, as the law demands, they would lead to naming of senior police officers who had been reluctant to move against Imtiaz Khokhar, accused of land grabbing and murder, and may be some movers and shakers of the seamy side of the country’s politics.

Already SSP Yasin Farooq of Islamabad has been transferred, allegedly for showing that reluctance.

Better known by his alias Taji Khokhar, the accused is the brother of Haji Nawaz Khokhar, a former deputy speaker of the National Assembly in a PML-N government in the 1990s, and a co-accused in the land grabbing case.

How deep the influence worked in the case can be imagined by the fact that the complainant leveled the charge in 2004 but the Koral police registered the case only on July 2 this year – that too on a court order.

FIR 41 accusing Imtiaz Khokhar of orchestrating a murder, however, is of more recent origin.

One Anisul Arifeen lodged it with the Koral police in February this year.

Otherwise, no one ever dared nominate Imtiaz Khokhar directly in any case, according to police sources.

That reputation may explain the reluctance of the investigation wing of capital police and investigators of Koral police station charged with probing land grabbing case and the murder case respectively.

They are even hesitant to ask for the custody of the already in jail Imtiaz Khokhar to initiate the legal proceedings the law demands.

They look up to their seniors who fear his interrogation would inevitably “spill the beans” to the embarrassment of the police and the powerful.

One Sabir had alleged in 2004 that Imtiaz Khokhar, his brothers Nawaz Khokhar and Afzal Khokhar, tehsildar of Islamabad Imtiaz Janjua, Rana Fazal, Naib Tehsildar Zahoor and the relatives of Raja Akram, a former caretaker of Bari Imam Shrine, grabbed private lands measuring 468 kanals and another 900 kanals of his cousin in Moza Gangal.