Bilawal House protocol officers helped Shahrukh escape: FIA
08 March, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Expressing dissatisfaction over FIA investigation of the escape of Shahrukh Jatoi, the main accused in the cold-blooded murder of Shahzeb Khan, the Supreme Court asked the FIA DG on Thursday to personally look into the investigation.
The name of Bilawal House in Karachi echoed in the Supreme Court during the hearing of Shahzeb murder case on Thursday. "The two employees of the Pakistan International Airlines allegedly involved in helping the murder accused escape had been serving at the Bilawal House as protocol officers," revealed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Karachi Director Muhammad Malik.
He said that it has been learnt through investigations that Mehmood Sultan and Wasi Akhtar are associated with the Bilawal House and aided Jatoi in reaching the aeroplane without having exit stamp on his passport. The chief protocol officer of the Bilawal House in a letter had asked the PIA to allow the two men arrange the protocol for the Bilawal House guest.
The FIA director added that the house is being used as Presidency, but he could not substantiate his claim before the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The letter by the chief protocol officer of the Bilawal House did not carry official stamp of the Presidency, the director said when the chief justice asked whether there was any proof that the two protocol officers were associated with the Presidency.
The bench directed the official to not try and take things towards the other side. It said that it was not against anyone and only want adherence to the law and that the investigation be carried out strictly in accordance with the rules and regulations. The investigators informed the bench that Sultan is absconding while Akhtar has obtained pre-arrest bail from the court on February 28.
They said that they received the CCTV footage from Airport Security Force on February 27 and its close examination led them to believe that the two men helped Shahrukh Jatoi escape to Dubai. The FIA, however, could not satisfy the Supreme Court and the bench directed the FIA DG to furnish a fresh report in the case by March 18, which is the next date of the hearing.