Hamid Mir inquiry commission: acting IG submits report

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Attack on Hamid Mir damaged press freedom

KARACHI: Acting IG Sindh Karachi on Friday submitted his report on the progress made in the investigation in Hamid Mir attack case to the Supreme Court’s 3-member inquiry commission probing firing incident on the senior Geo TV journalist.

The commission headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali is to ascertain facts, identify culprits and fix responsibility for the incident.Hamid Mir was injured in armed attack near Karachi airport on April 19. The commission after briefing by police officers adjourned the proceedings and also issued notice to Hamid Mir for May 19 at Islamabad.

It is pertinent to mention that the commission had already recorded statements of Hamid Mir, his brother Amir Mir, Geo TV administration officials and head of investigation team DSP Ayub Bhurgari. Home Secretary, IG Sindh, Additional IG Karachi, DG Rangers Sindh, Joint Director Intelligence Bureau, DIG East, DIG Special Branch, SSP Traffic and other police officers have already appeared before the Commission along with relevant record of the incident and submitted their confidential reports.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had requested Chief Justice of Pakistan to constitute a judicial inquiry commission to probe the incident. Other members of the commission are Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman. The commission shall also make recommendations to avoid such incidents in future.

The commission had also published advertisements in newspapers saying any person having information about the incident can give evidence before the commission and his identity would not be disclosed. However, no eyewitness of the incident has appeared before the commission as yet.

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