KARACHI - Provincial Home Department Monday formally constituted a Joint Interrogation Team (JIT) ahead of one month long pending investigations into a murder case of a Malaysia return student in Karachi’s posh locality by the personnel of the Sindh police’s specialised unit.

A JIT was formed following an order issued by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah about to probe into Intizar murder case. This was decided following Intizar’s father Ishtiaq Ahmed called on chief minister and expressed serious reservations over the investigation.

According to notification issued on Monday, Additional IG Counter Terrorism Department Sanaullah Abbasi will be head of JIT while Zone  South police chief DIG Azad Khan and one each representative from Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Pakistan Rangers, special branch of Sindh police will be members of JIT. “The JIT shall investigate the matter within 15 days and submit its report to home department,” the notification said.

“On the recommendation of IGP Sindh and with the approval of Sindh chief minister, a JIT is hereby constituted in FIR No 16/18 under Section 302/34 registered with Darakshan police station regarding the killing of Intizar Ahmed,” reads a notification issued by secretary to government of Sindh, home department. “Focus, aspects and framework notified under the home department’s order shall strictly be adhered to.”

A 19-year-old Malaysia return student Intizar Ahmed was shot dead in DHA on January 13 by officials and personnel of a specialised unit of Sindh police - the Anti Car Lifting Cell. Initially, the police termed the incident as an act of targeted killing while later it was discovered that Intizar was shot dead by a team of ACLC comprised on at least nine members including two inspector ranked officers and two personal security guards of the former ACLC chief SSP Muquddus Haider. All the nine cops were later arrested after they were booked in a murder case of Intizar Ahmed. However, the IGP Sindh later also suspended the then ACLC chief SSP Muquddus Haider.

SSP Haider was also included in the investigations following demand and allegations made against him by Intizar father over his alleged involvement.

The Intizar killing remained in pending since it occurred. Initially, District South Investigations SP Farooq Awan was appointed as an investigation officer, however, later the IGP Sindh appointed CTD DIG Amir Farooqui as an investigation officer of the case, who in his initial investigations found the ACLC cops guilty and formed a JIT headed by CTD SSP Pervez Chandio.

This was the second JIT formed by Counter Terrorism Department of the Sindh police regarding the murder case of Intizar Ahmed as earlier JIT formed about to probe a murder case of Intizar Ahmed had stopped working last week following a controversy arose and questions raised on the authenticity of the Joint Interrogation Team (JIT) as this was the first time when the JIT was formed by CTD instead of home department despite the previous JIT had been recorded the statements of all the people related to the killing of Intizar murder case.

The JIT headed by CTD SSP also recorded the statements of all the people related to the case including victim’s father, SSP Muquddus Haider as well as Initizar’s friend Madiha Kayani who is also a key witness in a case. JIT also visited the crime scene and examined it, however, before its third session, the JIT halted as representatives if different law enforcement and intelligence agencies refuted to work under the JIT saying that they cannot continue until the JIT is not notified by the home department.