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.

PTI



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

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