ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Interior has formed a three-member committee to probe the incident of a high drama led by armed man Sikander on the Jinnah Avenue of the capital on August 15.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif taking notice of the incident had sought report from the interior ministry as to who was responsible for the delayed action to handle the armed man. The PM had also sought who permitted Zamurd Khan, the local politician, to get close to the armed man as a result of which the high drama ended. After the botched attempt of Zamurd Khan to get control over Sikander, the capital police had to take unplanned action and he was arrested after critically injured with the gunshots of the police.
An official of the Interior Ministry said that a three-member committee on the instructions of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had been formed that would finalize its report within 48 hours about the incident. Later, the report would be presented to the Prime Minister. The committee included Additional Secretary Ministry of Interior Ather Sayal, Senior Joint Secretary Umer Hamid Khan and Director (Operations) of National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the Ministry of Interior Farid Khan National. The inquiry committee will pinpoint the responsible ones for the delayed action to handle armed man and suggest action against the police officials. It will also probe who had permitted Zamurd Khan to go close to the gunman and who was responsible for the security lapse? The committee here on Saturday started its working and the statements of the police and local administration were being taken till the filing of this story.
A police official connected with the investigation process said that they still could not investigate Sikander as he was still being treated in intensive care unit (ICU) of PIMS and his condition was not such good that a statement could be got about the incident. The police have also recorded the statement of the car driver, Amjad in the case. The drive, before the police investigators, has described that he was unaware that Sikander was equipped with weapons and he came to know when he took out the weapon and asked him to pass the car across the police check post.
Polices sources informed that police has also decided to get details from the Dubai authorities about Sikander as he had been living their for years. The police would also ascertain whether the injured gunman had any connections with some intelligence agency or a banned outfit because his father-in-law, earlier, had told media that he ha been serving in some Dubai intelligence agency.