ISLAMABAD - Architect of Pakistans 'track 2 diplomacy' with India and former foreign secretary Niaz A Naik was found 'murdered' Saturday at his residence in sector F-7/3 of the federal capital.
Superintendent Police Nasir Aftab, while giving details of how police came to know of the death of Niaz A Naik, said that Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir earlier in the day (Saturday) tried to contact Naik on his phone but after failing to do so, he sent his official staff to the former foreign secretarys residence and despite repeated knockings, no one opened the door.
The SP further said that on having no reply, the foreign ministrys staff contacted police that broke the door and found Niaz A Naik dead. He said that the dead body was shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences for autopsy.
To a question, the SP told that Niaz A Naik was single and lived alone in his home. However, he said that it would be too early to say anything before autopsy and police would be able to ascertain after the autopsy report whether it was a murder or a natural death.
The police official also said that after sending the dead body to hospital, police have sealed the house of Niaz A Naik, while some evidences were also collected from the place.
Later, a spokesman of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Dr Waseem Khawaja while talking about the post-mortem report said that Naik had died two or three days ago, so his face was badly damaged. He also said that four ribs were broken, liver and lungs were also damaged.
He said that the body of the former foreign secretary was in a sleeping posture when it was brought to the hospital and there were no symptoms of resistance from his side.
He added that there was a scar on his neck but he did not exactly tell if it was a sign of torture or something else. The PIMS spokesman said that the samples of some other parts of the body have been sent to forensic laboratory for further tests and after that situation would be much clearer.
When contacted, SHO Kohsar Police Station Rana Muhammad Akram told that police had not yet received the post-mortem report.
Niaz A Naik was born on May 31 1926. He held Masters degree from Punjab University and joined Foreign Services in September 1949. He had served against various diplomatic posts at Pakistan missions abroad. He served in Sydney from 1951 to 1955, Parepun New York from 1955 to 1959, Rangoon (Yangon) from 1960 to 1963, Bad Godesberg (Bonn) from 1963 to 1965, Parepun Geneva from 1965 to 1967.
Niaz A Naik also served as Ambassador of Pakistan to Parepun Geneva from 1971 to 1974, Parepun New York from 1978 to 1982, Parep France (On contract) from 1986 to 1990. He also served as permanent Representative of Pakistan to UNESCO, Paris from 1986 to 1990. He also worked as Director General UN from 1967 to 1970 and as Additional Secretary from 1974 to 1978. He worked as Foreign Secretary from 1982 to 1986.
President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and other officials have expressed their grief over the death of Niaz A Naik.
In their condolence messages, they said that they had learnt with great sadness about the death of the distinguished diplomat. They extended deepest sorrow to the bereaved family and pray to God Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace.
Monitoring Desk adds: According to Press Trust of India (PTI), Niaz aik, who was involved in back-channel diplomacy with India during the 1999 Kargil conflict, has been tortured and murdered by unidentified persons at his residence, police said Saturday.
The revelation that he has been murdered marked a turnaround from a police spokesmans earlier statement that there were no marks of injury on the former diplomats body.
Naik, 70, was unmarried and had been living alone in his house in central Islamabad for a long time.
A post-mortem examination of Naiks body revealed he was tortured before being killed, said police officials and doctors who performed the autopsy.
Naik was hit with a sharp and heavy object and there were signs of torture on his neck. Four ribs and the jaw were fractured and the lungs were damaged, the autopsy report said.