ISLAMABAD: The mysterious episode of car snatching from a driver of the ministry for interior turned out to be an engineered drama to trap officers of Punjab police who are investigating a high-profile fraud case.
The people engaged with the investigation of car snatching episode have concluded that the entire story was baseless and concocted as the driver of the said car was found telling blatant lies at the behest of high-ups, primarily to implicate two senior Punjab police officers because they are investigating an immigration fraud case worth Rs4 billion.
The FIR in this case has been quashed as a result of the inquiry, The News has learnt on authority.
All the documentary evidences, including the copy of sealed FIR, Report Zimni, fingerprint result, reports of CCTV footage and statements of witnesses, are also available with this correspondent.
The FIR (No. 503), lodged on the complaint of Mohammad Shafqaat son of Mohammad Khan, a driver of interior ministry on October 21, 2012, under sections 392/365 and 442 PPC, was sealed on the orders of Minister for Interior Rehman Malik and a high-powered team has been constituted to investigate the matter as the driver implicated the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the kidnapping case.
The sealed FIR lodged by driver Mohammad Shafqaat said, “I am permanent resident of Channi Alam Sher, Rawat, Rawalpindi. Today on 21-10-12 at 7.35 pm, I was present in the parking lot of Standard Charter Bank at Jinnah Super Market in ministry’s Toyota Corolla bearing registration number IDP-8888 when three vehicles including two cream colour double cabins and a white Toyota Corolla car appeared and stopped outside the parking lot. Three people came out of the double cabin vehicles bearing green number plates, dragged me out of my car and pushed into their white Toyota Corolla car, snatched key of my car and rushed towards Saudi Pak Tower where they blindfolded me near the Tower and started talking in English calling each other with the names of ‘Gujar’ and ‘Kharal’, later they told me that they are officials of the ISI and now we are heading towards Peshawar. The car kept running for one and half to two hours. In the meantime, I asked them to stop the car as I wanted to pass urine. They stopped the car and allowed me to make water under the surveillance of two gunmen after unfolding my eyes.
“Meanwhile, one of them received a call and got directions from the caller who asked him to collect all the items recovered from my car without unwrapping and take the things with them. They later drew my pictures with two unknown persons, one of them was 30 to 32 years old with long height, skinny and oblong face while the other was bulky and black wearing ‘khaki’ clothes with the same age. The person who captured pictures in his mobile phone camera, introduced himself as brigadier, was carrying three mobile phone sets, took two to three photographs with the unknown persons. He, after receiving instructions on his mobile phone, handed over key of my car to me and asked me to make a U-turn to know where I am. I found myself near Shell Filling Station at turning of Rawat at GT Road. They took my Nokia phone (03015413505), some cash, my passport, and original national identity card with them.”
The investigation team, constituted on the orders of the interior minister, thoroughly explored the case and examined all aspects of the episode in the perspective of the statement recorded by the driver, including testing of fingerprints examined by Nadra and footage of CCTV cameras installed at Standard Chartered Bank, Super Market and Shell Filling Station, Rawat, but found no evidence of the occurrence.
The police, in their conclusive report, termed the incident as concocted, false and baseless, and recommended to quash the FIR after finding ‘real motive’ behind the scene but didn’t mention it in the report, nor they suggested any legal action against the driver of the minister who misguided the police.
The sources said that the Investigation Wing of the Punjab Police shifted the investigation of an immigration fraud accused to DIG Tahir Kharal and SSP Shafique Gujar who were indicated in the FIR as Kharal and Gujar, adding that a police party raided the house of the accused AM in Islamabad in mid of October, one week before the kidnapping drama and arrested two of his employees including Tanveer but couldn’t nab the accused. One of the team member of the Lahore police, was indicated in the FIR as bulky and black person, was driver of SSP Shafique Gujar, commonly known as ‘Khorha’ who played active role in raid.
The sources said that a Lahore court of law has summoned SHO (Kohsar police station) on November 14, to explain the reason of not cooperating with the Lahore police in the arrest of ‘AM’ in Islamabad.