Investigators led to dirty cop and misuse of weapons
On July 17, the Steel Town police found a body near the M9 motorway – also known by its old name as the Super Highway – on the outskirts of Karachi.
The victim was a man. A team of crime scene investigators and counter-terror experts noted that his hands and feet were tied with rope.
The investigators collected evidence while the counter-terror experts tried to ascertain if the dead man belonged to one of the known terror outfits.
The police did not find anything on the body or at the crime scene to identify the corpse. The murderers had removed and taken away everything from the body to prevent law enforcers from identifying the victim.
In the meanwhile, the police found a toll tax receipt in the bushes nearby. The receipt mentioned the date, time and the location of the toll collection point which had issued it.
There was nothing else.
The investigation of the mystery murder was transferred to the Counter-Terrorism Department of the Karachi police, who sprang into action.
“A request was made to the FWO (Frontier Works Organization) to help identify the vehicle to which the receipt in question was issued,” CTD’s Transnational Terrorists Intelligence Group (TTIG) Chief Raja Umar Khattab told SAMAA Digital.
Khattab said the FWO shared details of the vehicle and on the basis of the information, they managed to trace the residence of the owner in Surjani Town.
The family living there identified the dead man as Fazal-ur-Rehman.
“The family told us that Fazal was taken away from his home on July 17 by some uniformed officers and others in plainclothes,” Khattab said.
The CTD obtained the CCTV footage of the area. Its analysis revealed that two four-wheel drive vehicles and a police mobile unit (truck) had arrived at Fazal’s home and taken him away.
“The time of Fazal’s kidnapping and his postmortem report suggested that he was killed within five hours of the abduction,” Khattab said.
The CTD officer said the police mobile used was at the disposal of the PIB Colony Police Station.
“The CTD took into custody Station House Officer Haroon Korai, who during the interrogation, disclosed that Fazal was killed for being an informant for the Pakistan Customs,” Khattab said.
Fazal had assisted the Customs Intelligence in seizing a shipment of betel nut worth Rs70 million in May 2021, according to Khattab.
“The seized contraband belonged to an Imran Masood and his partner Waheed Kakar,” the CTD officer said, adding that a third partner who introduced himself as Major Usman Shah had contacted SHO Haroon Korai to abduct and kill the informer.
Korai obtained Fazal’s Caller Detail Record (CDR) and tracked down his location illegally. “Haroon Korai not only used the mobile of PIB Colony Police Station, but also used an official SMG to carry out the murder,” he added.
On September 23, the CTD arrested four people: SHO Haroon Korai, his gunman Akhtar Korai, a woman named Fouzia, who was said to be present at the crime scene, and Waheed Kakar.
The police found the murder weapon, the official SMG, as well.