Murderers of cardiologist Dr Shahid Nawaz must be traced out, Senate Body

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control on Tuesday urged that investigation into murder case of cardiologist Dr. Shahid Nawaz Malik of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) must be completed with logical conclusion.
The Committee, chaired by Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, questioned as to why the high-profile murder case could not be resolved so far and termed “this a failure of the police.”
Rehman Malik said, “This is a matter of Islamabad Police prestige and a stigma on its performance. Although Islamabad police had resolved numerous mysterious murder cases but in this particular case it has not reached any positive conclusion to bring the murderers to justice.”
Giving a six-week time to Islamabad police for completing the investigation, the chair directed Secretary Interior Arif Ahmed Khan to supervise the probe on day to day basis.
Senators Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif Shahi Syed, Talha Mahmood, Mukhtar Ahmed Dhamrah (Aijaz), Shibli Faraz, Lt. Gen (Retd) Abdul Qayyum, daughter of the slained cardiologist, Dr Hifsa Shahid along with Dr Malik’s father, and senior officials of Police, Ministries of Interior as well as Law and Justice attended the meeting.
Rehman Malik said Dr Shahid Malik was an outstanding doctor and directed the police to probe the delay into investigation and responsibility in this regard be fixed.
He announced Rs. 5 million reward for a person who would provide clue or help in tracing out the killers of Dr. Shahid.
Rehman Malik directed the police to look into all aspects to ensure that murder case of Dr. Shahid be sorted out.
The Committee members including Senators Abdul Qayyum, Javed Abbasi, Shahi Syed, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif and Shibli Faraz expressed their displeasure as to why the murderers were not traced out after a period of two years.
Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed questioned Islamabad Police about number of arrests made into the case. No arrests could be made so far, the official replied.
However, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) (Operations) said police had interviewed many staffers into the case.
Officials informed that the police have interviewed hospital employees, deceased relatives and patients but so far found no clue. However, police had constituted a special investigation team which is investigating the case from different angels.

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