ISLAMABAD - The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has initiated another inquiry into the last year's audacious DI Khan jailbreak; a move insiders said was aimed at exonerating a key government officer working under Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and accused of negligence in earlier probe.
The fresh inquiry headed by Secretary Environment Dr Hamad Awais Agha has been kicked off at a time when the chief minister has been sleeping over making public the findings of the probe submitted to his office in August last year. The first inquiry was prepared by the then Chief Secretary KP Arbab Shahzad who had pointed out negligence of several officers including Amir Khattak, then DCO DI Khan and now serving as PSO to the chief executive of the province.
The brazen jailbreak took place on July 29 last year when militants stormed one of the oldest jails in KP, freeing 250 inmates including Adnan Rashid, reportedly involved in attack on former President Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf.
Last year's inquiry by Arbab Shahzad had nominated Amir Khattak, officer of DMG cadre and then DCO DI Khan, for being negligent among other officers and the report had been submitted to the chief minister for further action.
Fazal-e-Rabi, chairman Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Malakand, is member of the newly formed inquiry committee and secretary environment is its convener.
The fresh inquiry into the jailbreak has already been started and interrogation of government officers is under way while a written request by the incumbent chief secretary KP has landed with Commissioner DI Khan for reassessment of the situation.
However, according to insiders, the chief minister instead of taking any action in line with the last year's probe appointed Amir Khattak as his PSO despite the fact many PTI lawmakers and bureaucrats raised their eyebrows over assigning new lucrative post to a negligent officer instead of punishing him.
Amir Khattak, who belongs to Nowshera, had been found negligent when he was DCO DI Khan in the inquiry committee headed by Arbab Shahzad, then chief secretary KP. Sources said Chief Minister Khattak was at odds with the chief secretary for exonerating Amir Khattak from charges. The Nation learnt that the fresh inquiry into DI Khan jailbreak has invited ire of some PTI lawmakers who want action in line with the earlier probe and have rejected the latest move.
MNA Dawar Kundi, who represents PTI from Tank, is among those who have submitted written request to Chief Secretary KP against the fresh probe arguing that the attempt was being made to exonerate PSO to CM from the charges levelled against him in Arbab Shahzad's inquiry report.
Amir Khattak, who is considered as front man of the KP's chief executive, according to PTI MNAs, was ruling the roost in KP and enjoys good relations with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. He has been accused by PTI lawmakers for supporting rival candidates in DI Khan and Lakki Marwat constituencies.
The commissioner DI Khan has been asked to revisit the situation within two weeks at a time when he is also supposed to supervise relief activities for internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency.
"Amir Khattak is the biggest impediment to good governance in KP. I will personally convey my reservations to Imran Khan about the fresh inquiry. Attempt is being made to absolve him of charges levelled against him in the earlier inquiry," MNA Dawar Kundi told The Nation when asked about the development.