LAHORE: The slain SSP Karachi Crime Investigation Department, Chaudhary Aslam Khan, is yet another high-ranking Pakistani Police official who embraced martyrdom in the line of duty during the last one decade or so., writes Sabir Shah.
SSP Aslam and his family had escaped a serious bid on life when a suicide bomber had rammed an explosives-laden car outside his house on September 19, 2011. It is worth recalling that this was the second life attempt on Chaudhary Aslam.The Hazara-born SSP’s house was completely destroyed in the September 2011 blast, which had otherwise claimed eight lives.
Chaudhary Aslam Khan is among the nearly 150 police officers and constables who have laid down their lives in Karachi since September 7, 2013, when the ongoing operation against criminals had commenced.Overall, he perhaps is the highest-ranking and most celebrated police official to have been assassinated in the port city ever.
Prior to SSP Chaudhary Aslam, other top police officers killed in the country so far include: DIG Operations Fayyaz Sumbul (killed in Quetta on August 8, 2013), Chief of Peshawar City Police Malik Saad (killed on January 27, 2007), Commandant of the Frontier Constabulary Safwat Ghayur (martyred on August 4, 2010 in Peshawar), Police Surgeon Syed Baqir Shah (shot dead on December 29, 2011 in Quetta), Senior Superintendent of Police (Rural) Khurshid Khan (killed in an attack on a police check-post at Peshawar-Kohat Road on October 15, 2012), Superintendent of Police Hilal Haider Khan (killed by a suicide bomber in Peshawar on November 7, 2012), Senior Superintendent Police Hilal Ahmed ( killed on August 6, 2013 in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Chilas town), SP Investigation Quetta Jamil Kakar (shot dead in Quetta on September 7, 2012), SP Shah Mohammad (killed in Karachi on May 28, 2012.
He was among the people nominated in the second FIR lodged at Karachi’s Gulberg police station in connection with the killing of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain’s brother, Nasir Hussain, and his nephew, Arif Hussain, in 1997. The complaint was filed by MQM’s Shoaib Bukhari against SP Shah Muhammad, who was then an SHO, against Pakistan People’s Party slain chairperson Benazir Bhutto, former chief minister of Sindh late Abdullah Shah, former Federal Interior Minister late Major General (R) Nasirullah Khan Babar, the then SHO Rao Anwar Ahmed Khan (now SP) and Sub Inspector Ahmed Shah).
Some top police officials, who have managed to survive terrorist attack in recent times, include Inspector General of Balochistan, Mushtaq Sukhera, who was unsuccessfully targeted by a suicide bomber on May 12, 2013 at Quetta’s Zargoon Road.
The suicide bomber, riding a vehicle, had blown himself up immediately after IG Mushtaq Sukhera had entered his residence. The top Balochistan police official had escaped unhurt in this attack.
It is pertinent to note that CCPO Quetta Mir Zubair was also with him on the occasion. At least seven persons, including four policemen, were killed and more than 60 others were injured in this incident.
On November 17, 2009, a Police Deputy Inspector General, Nizam Shahid Durrani, was seriously wounded in a blast in Quetta. On September 18, 2013, SP Sariab area (Quetta) Basheer Ahmed Barohi’s official vehicle was fired at by unknown gunmen. He had escaped unhurt too.
On May 25, 2013 District Police Officer Kohat, Dilawar Bangash, was injured when militants ambushed his convoy on the Indus Highway near Mattani, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was on his way to Kohat from Peshawar along with his escort.
The militants were equipped with RPG-7 rockets and they had targeted two vehicles in the convoy. During the May 2010 terrorist attack on an Ahmadi place of worship in Lahore’s Garhi Shahu locality, SP Cantt Haider Ashraf and ASP Civil Lines Lahore Maroof Wahla were also wounded.