Probe ordered into policemen's involvement in riots
[Dawn] The Islamabad capital territory police tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
four or five Punjab police personnel while rioting in plainclothes during the Friday protests against the anti-Islam film in the federal capital, Dawn has learnt.
A source said Interior Minister Rehman Malik
| Are policemen not men like any other? Have they not hearts that beat with hatred for whoever is being rioted against, though they know not the piddling details? How then can they be faulted for doing what a pious Muslim must do, an he cannot go on true jihad of the sword, for terrorizing the infidel is also spreading the beneficence of Allah. |
Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship.
had asked the police to start an investigation against the coppers but it is believed that they were freed after intervention by the staff of the capital police chief.
The Punjab police personnel were caught along with a magistrate while rioting in the capital city at around 6.46pm and later shifted to the Aabpara cop shoppe, the source said, adding they were on cycle of violences when caught.
After detention of the police personnel, messages were exchanged between the staff of the IGP and the cop shoppe at about 6.47pm, and the conversation is on the police record, the source said.
The source quoted the police as saying in their message to the IGP staff: "We have captured some motorbike riders who turned out to be Punjab police personnel."
The IGP's staff replied back: "Shift them to the cop shoppe, give their details and number. And avoid speaking about such issues on the wireless set in future."
...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system...
police in Rawalpindi are looking for 5,000 people who had been booked for rioting on Friday.
The police have sought help from close-circuit surveillance cameras installed on the premises of private and government buildings at Faizabad to identify the rioters who caused extensive damage to the public property, police vehicles besides ransacking shops and CNG stations.
A senior police official said they had launched a manhunt for those involved in the rioting and sought help from CCTV images, video films and some other sources to identify the rioters.
One of the groups of rioters, who the police said belonged to Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
, also snatched a rifle from the guard of SP Rawal Town and his personal pistol.
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