ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan and senior officials of ministry of interior, police and district management were on the same page on Sunday when they discussed pros and cons of case of Sikander.
“Media played a destructive role throughout the incident. We had planned to get hold of the gunman without hurting him. However, it was electronic media which not only confused the law enforcement agencies but also compelled them to go on back foot,” one of the senior police officers said during the high profile meeting chaired by the Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday. According to sources, all of the participants of the meeting agreed with this senior police officer and discussed the ways to formulate strategy to make better working relationship with media, especially during such cases.
Nisar expressed concern over deteriorating condition of law and order in the federal capital and asked the authorities concerned to evolve strategies to improve it. “It is really a bigger security lapse. How did Sikander managed to enter the heart of federal capital armed with latest weapons in the presence of hundreds of policemen deputed at several police pickets across the capital city?” a source quoted Nisar as asking IGP and SSP during the meeting.
Apart from that, he badly criticised police, arguing how did Zamurd Khan managed to break the red line in presence of senior police officials. “Zamurd was just an ordinary man. How did he take the law into his hands? Who did allow him to negotiate with the accused? It was criminal negligence and the responsible police officers will have to face the music,” a source quoted Nisar as saying during the meeting.
Meanwhile, unofficial leaked report of three-member inquiry team established to investigate the firing incident pointed out failures in communication mechanism of security forces during the incident on August 15. “It was lack of coordination between the law enforcement agencies that resulted in failure of operation to get hold of gunman. Ill-preparedness of security forces to cope with such incidents was another reason that prolonged the operation unnecessarily,” stated the report.
According to excerpts of report that was presented to the interior minister on Sunday, police officials blamed Rangers and Zamurd khan for bizarre unfolding of events. Elaborating police officials’ point of view, the report stated that Rangers had refused to cooperate with police to do a joint operation against Sikandar. The committee proposed that an SOP among all security forces operating in Islamabad should be established in order to avoid any such security failure in future. The committee has directed the government to equip Islamabad police with latest weapons including snipers to cope with such types of incidents. The committee, however, was still busy completing the task of compiling report.
Nisar gave another 48 hours to the inquiry team to complete the task. Earlier the team could not compile its report in due course of time.
Meanwhile on Sunday, doctors told media that Sikander was returning to life, however, he will take time to recover fully. “He is improving slowly. Doctors advised the hospital administration to keep Sikander in ICU ward until he recovers,” Waseem Khawja told The Nation on Sunday. Only doctors can decide, Khawja added, when to discharge the accused from ICU or the hospital.
Meanwhile on Sunday, duty magistrate gave one day remand of Sikander’s wife Kanwal. Islamabad police are expected to produce her before the anti-terrorism court on Monday.