RAWALPINDI - Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Malik Tariq Mehboob, may land in hot waters as City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Khokher has written a letter to provincial police boss to call back the DSP from Sudan to grill him in a women murder case.

At present, the DSP is on United Nations (UN) Peace Mission in Sudan. Sources told TheNation on Sunday that CPO Rawalpindi Azhar Hamid Khokhar has written letter to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab, Haji Habib-ur-Rehman, to call back DSP Tariq Mehboob from Sudan to make him part of an investigate launched in a woman murder case.

The DSP was accused of being showing negligence that led to murder of a woman over a property dispute allegedly by Imtiaz Khokhar alias Taji Khokhar.

In the letter, sources added, the CPO requested the IGP to call back DSP Tariq after a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) led by DIG Crime Branch Lahore Abu Bakkar Khuda Bakhsh found evidence against the DSP for not taking enough security measures to save the life of a woman Sabira Bibi who had a property dispute with Taji Khokhar.

Talking to reporters, CPO Azhar Hamid Khokhar confirmed that the letter had been sent to IGP as the DPS flown to Sudan to join UN Peace Mission after obtaining NoC from Central Police Office, Lahore. Azhar added that a fresh investigation report Under Section 173 of Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) would be produced before trial court. The report based on inquiry findings of the JIT, he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that a JIT was constituted on the instructions of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif after the brutal murder of the woman in broad daylight on August 17, 2012 by the gang of Taji Khokher on a property dispute.  Police Station (PS) Airport officials allegedly failed to provide adequate security to the woman despite her repeated complaints that she was facing life threats as she has been engaged in a legal battle with Taji Khokhar on a piece of land.

In its report, JIT had declared 22 persons as responsible in one way or another for the death of Sabira Bibi including DSP Civil Lines Malik Tariq Mehboob, SHO Airport Afzal Shah and In-charge Police Chowky Gulzar-e-Quaid Asmat Mehmood, two constables Arshad and Ishtiaq deployed for guarding the deceased woman.

In the murder case, a trial court declared Taji Khokhar and his two sons as proclaimed offenders (POs). However, the accused are still at large.