KARACHI: The funeral prayers of martyred ,senior superintendent CID police, Chaudhry Aslam Khan and two police guards, who were killed on Thursday in a powerful explosion in Karachi, were offered on Friday. The martyred ‘police hero’ Chaudhry Aslam was laid to rest next to the grave of his mother in Gizri graveyard.
Earlier, the funeral prayer of Chaudhry Aslam was offered at Police Headquarters near Hasan Square. Strict security arrangements were in place around the Aziz Bhatti police headquarter where Aslam’s funeral prayer was offered.
The time and venue for the last rites of Chaudhry Aslam was changed today. Earlier, Aslam’s funeral prayers were to be offered at Police Headquarter Garden.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat, DG Rangers Major General Rizwan Akhtar, Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry, provincial minister Sharjeel Memon and high-ranking police officials were present during Aslam’s funeral prayer. Senior police officers, family members, friends and representatives of religious and political parties attended the funeral.
SP CID Chaudhry Aslam, who was well-known for his unmatched bravery, embraced martyrdom in a Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) bombing on Thursday.
Meanwhile, three teams, headed by DIG Zafar Bukhari, constituted to investigate the bombing surveyed the site of the attack and collected evidence.
Investigators also sent parts of damaged and destroyed vehicles collected from the location to a forensic laboratory.
Moreover, investigators believe some of the body parts recovered from the attack site belong to a suicide attacker and DNA tests will be conducted to determine further.
Furthermore, statements of those wounded in Thursday’s attack have also been recorded.
It was earlier reported that the police had finalized the preliminary report of the investigation and the senior officer’s autopsy report had also been prepared.
Chaudhry Aslam, who had survived numerous assassination attempts in the past, died when the bomb targeted his convoy on the Lyari Expressway. The two police guards identified as Sub-Inspector Mohammad Kamran and Constable Farhan Ahmed also lost their lives while five cops were injured in the attack near Essa Nagri area.
The attack on Aslam came hours after his team shot dead three suspected militants in an alleged encounter in a militancy-infested locality of Karachi’s Manghopir.
The blast was so powerful that it hurled Aslam’s bullet-proof vehicle into the air. The vehicle landed on another track of the road.
Aslam’s other vehicle, which is bomb-proof, had developed a fault a few days ago and was sent for repairs.
Initial findings had suggested that the bomb had been placed in a thick cemented barrier near a ramp of the expressway. When Aslam’s caravan reached the ramp, the bomb went off.
The officer was going to his office in Garden area from his residence in Defence Society. His body was badly damaged and one portion of his head was blown away by the massive force of the blast.
The initial probe report of the blast in which SP CID Chaudhry Aslam and two others were killed had been prepared by the police.
The investigation team probing the blast is being headed by DIG Zafar Bukhari and SSP CID Niaz Khoso.
According to the team’s initial findings, a pick-up packed with explosives and chemicals was rammed into Aslam’s vehicle. Police say 150-200 kilograms of explosives and chemicals were used in the attack.
The report states that explosives and chemicals were placed in a plastic drum and there was no evidence of a device, remote control, ball bearings and nut bolts being used in the blast.
While talking to the media at the blast site, DIG Zafar Bukhari said a hand and other body parts were found, which are being tested to ascertain finger prints and DNA with the help of NADRA.
He further said forensic evidence is being collected and the probe is underway to find which vehicle was used in the attack. He continued saying that Chaudhry Aslam came under attack five times but he continued hunting terrorists despite threats to his own life.
DIG Zafar added that words were not enough to pay tribute to Aslam and his track record spoke volumes for his bravery.
He reiterated that such tragedies cannot mar the spirits of the police department and it will continue to operate against anti-state elements and criminals.
It is pertinent to mention here that senior police officer Chaudhry Aslam, who led the operations against militants and extremists in Karachi for years, was killed on Thursday afternoon when a powerful blast destroyed his vehicle on the Lyari Expressway. His guard and driver were also killed in the attack while 14 others including police officials were wounded.
The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohmand Agency claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Chaudhry Aslam was targeted for killing their several members including Arif alias Dr. Maqbool and Abdur Rehman in October 2013