JIT probing attack on Imran Khan reconstituted, again

Decision comes after differences emerged between Dogar and other four members of probing body

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A photo of Naveed Meher, accused of attacking PTI Chief Imran Khan in Wazirabad, taken immediately after his arrest. — Twitter
A photo of Naveed Meher, accused of attacking PTI Chief Imran Khan in Wazirabad, taken immediately after his arrest. — Twitter

  • JIT members object to CCPO Lahore's 'politically inclined' conduct.
  • Notification of new members' appointments has been issued.
  • Keeping Dogar as head of JIT is based on "malice", says suspect's lawyer.   

Following the allegation levelled by members of the joint investigation team (JIT) — tasked to probe the assassination attempt on the life of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in Wazirabad — on its head and Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ghulam Mahmood Dogar, the probe body has been reconstituted once again on Sunday.

The development came after differences emerged between Dogar and the other four members of the JIT. The four members of the probe body have been replaced after they raised objections against Dogar's 'politically inclined' conduct.

The new members of JIT include Dera Ghazi Khan's District Police Officer (DPO) Muhammad Akmal, Superintendent of Police (SP) Anjum Kamal, and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) CIA Jhang Nasir Nawaz.

According to the notification, the decision to appoint the fourth member of any department rests with the JIT.

The former members accused Dogar of conducting the probe on political grounds, said the sources. 

'Dogar was probing as per the will of Imran Khan' 

Advocate Mian Dawood, the counsel of the suspect involved in the gun attack on Imran Khan, argued that Ghulam Mahmood Dogar was probing the case as per the will of the PTI leader.

In a statement, Naveed Meher’s counsel said that keeping Dogar as head of the JIT was based on "malice". He added that it was necessary to remove Dogar as well from the JIT.

“The nation already considers Ghulam Mehmood Dogar responsible for botching the investigation of the case,” he added.

The lawyer asked why the previous members of the probe body were presenting the suspects in the court when a new JIT has been constituted.

Differences emerged among JIT members 

On January 10, Geo News reported citing sources that differences emerged among the members of the Wazirabad JIT.

The PTI chairman was attacked on November 3 in Wazirabad while he was leading the “Azadi March” against the Shehbaz Sharif-led government demanding snap polls.

The law enforcement agencies (LEAs) apprehended suspect Naveed from the crime scene — who also confessed to opening fire on the PTI leadership.

The first information report of the incident was registered on November 7 under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

The sources within the JIT, aware of the development, said that the investigations into the assassination attempt had been handed over to an anti-corruption officer by CCPO Lahore Dogar.

The CCPO Lahore — who is leading the probe — had assigned the key responsibility of interrogating the suspect to anti-corruption officer Anwar Shah, and no other member of the probe panel is given access to the attacker.

As per the sources, four members of the JIT shared their reservations with the home ministry and Punjab Police chief.

“They have written a letter to the Home Department highlighting the problems. The JIT members who expressed concerns are Khurram Shah, Naseebullah, Ehsanuullah, and Malik Tariq Mehboob.”

Imran Khan had also cast aspersions over the investigation conducted by the JIT and requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial to form a powerful inquiry team.