PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police chief on Monday claimed that four of the eight accused named in the murder of an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) judge and his family were present at the end of the week.
KP Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi said Geo News Some of the suspects were arrested by a team led by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) for Mardan. He added that they were obtained with the help of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD).
On Sunday, unidentified assailants indiscriminately opened fire on ATC Judge Aftab Khan Afridi as well as four others, including his wife, daughter-in-law and aunt, at the Amber Interchange in Swabi District on their way to Islamabad from Swat. .
Afridi, who had been serving in Swat for the past two months, and his family were on the M-1 (Islamabad-Peshawar) motorway when he was shot. Two security guards were also injured in the firing incident and the bodies of those killed were shifted to Bacha Khan Medical Complex (BKMC).
The targeted attack took place under the jurisdiction of Chhota Lahore City Police Station.
The first information report (FIR) was lodged by Majid Afridi, son of the slain judge. Swabi District Police Officer (DPO) Muhammad Shoaib said that he had earlier reached the crime scene with DIG Farooq. Were
DPO Shoaib explained that the car in question was recovered during police operations in Peshawar and Khyber District and five suspects were detained.
Authorities are investigating the killing “on a scientific basis”, KP Police Chief Abbasi said. While he declined to comment on the details of the case, he said Swabi police would conduct a full scientific investigation into the murder case.
“Investigative agencies are investigating the matter,” he added.
In addition, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Abdul Latif ‘Lala’ Afridi and his son Danish Afridi are among the suspects in the murder case registered with the police.
Latif Afridi has categorically denied any involvement in the assassination or plot to assassinate the ATC judge. Speaking to Geo News on the phone, he condemned the killing but distanced himself from the incident.
Latif Afridi also said that he was not in Swabi at the time of the murder. The truth will come out, he added, adding that he is ready to investigate the matter and join the police inquiry.
“The police can start any kind of inquiry they want and I am ready for that,” he said.
Latif Afridi’s nomination in the FIR was strongly condemned by the SCBA, which said that the president of the body had nothing to do with the murder.
A false case was registered against him, the SCBA said in a statement, adding that Latif Afridi and his son were working in the fields when Judge Aftab Afridi and his family were killed.
The statement quoted Latif Afridi as saying that the attack on the woman was against Pashtun traditions but he was ready for any kind of cooperation.
The District Bar Council also boycotted the courts today over the incident.
In addition, Saeed Afridi, the brother of the slain judge, told the media that the motive behind the murder was a personal dispute. He stressed that the bodies would not be taken out of the hospital until the accused were arrested.
However, the martyrs’ funeral prayers were offered in Peshawar. A large number of people, including various lawyers, attended the funeral prayers, after which they were buried in their ancestral village cemetery.
Earlier on Sunday night, Prime Minister Imran Khan had “strongly” condemned the massacre, vowing to arrest the culprits behind the “horrific act”.
“The perpetrators of this heinous act will be caught and dealt with in accordance with the law,” he wrote on Twitter after the news of the murder was reported.
–Additional reporting by Bushra Khalid, Rizwan Yousafzai, Rasool Dawar and Saima Sajjad in Peshawar and Maryam Nawaz in Islamabad.
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