Pakistan sacks police after Russians killed
Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 23:47
Quetta: Pakistan has sacked two police officers over the killings of four unarmed Russians, one of them pregnant, and a Tajik in the southwestern city of Quetta, police said on Thursday.

"We have taken action against these police officers and removed them from service in the light of recommendation from the inquiry tribunal of the Baluchistan High Court," Ahsan Mehboob, Quetta police chief, said.

"The court, in its recommendation, held these police officers responsible for negligence that caused the tragic incident in which five foreigners, including three women, one of whom was pregnant, were killed," Mehboob said.

On May 17, police and paramilitary from the Frontier Corps opened fire on the group, claiming they were suicide bombers who attacked a checkpoint in Kharotabad on the outskirts of Quetta.

A subsequent judicial commission found that the Tajik and four Russians, three of them women, were unarmed.

It accused former city police chief Daud Junejo and Frontier Corps Colonel Faisal Shehzad of incompetence. Junejo has since been pushed into retirement, but Shehzad remains in the job.


First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 23:47

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