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Probe into Domki killings to bite the dust, fears HRCP

Saher Baloch

Karachi: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) fears that investigations into the killing of MPA Bakhtiar Domki’s wife and daughter will prove inconclusive, just like previous attempts by such commissions.

Zohra Yusuf of the HRCP said that in the past, forming a commission to probe such killings had been “futile attempts,” as the officers assigned the job refused to take names. Citing the example of the recent findings in the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad, Yusuf said that even after taking many interviews and gathering numerous accounts of people who knew him, there was nothing in the report, which, in a way, exonerated the killers.

She added that “even the commission set up to investigate the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad is busy finding out how US Navy Seals got inside our territory, rather than what Bin Laden was doing in our country, steps away from an important military academy.”

Balochistan MPA Mir Bakhtiar Khan Domki reiterated a similar opinion when asked whether he believed something would come out of the probe into the killings of his wife and daughter in Karachi. Domki said that the officers investigating the matter met him a day after the killing and were asking him what bullets he thought were used in the murder. “I told them what I knew. But I am not hopeful they will find anything, as most of the time such investigations just dwindle away,” he said.

Domki’s wife Jhumer, daughter Janan Domki, and driver were killed near Gizri in the early hours of January 31, on their way back from a wedding. The initial investigations by the Clifton police suggested that the triple killings were the result of a personal enmity which Domki vehemently denies. Later, investigators looking into the matter revealed that a maid, also present in the car, was separated from those killed as two armed men came forward to shoot the three other people present in the car at point blank range.

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was formed on the orders of the Supreme Court two days after the murders, but nothing has been revealed as yet. Investigators have been given a deadline of February 24 to arrest the murderers of Domki’s wife and daughter. In a previous hearing, the deadline was set for February 10, which was extended after Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry expressed dissatisfaction over the progress in the case.

Repeated attempts to contact Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mushtaq Shah and Additional Inspector General Karachi Akhtar Hussain Gorchani proved futile.

Despite the widespread pessimism being expressed, Gul Mohammad Jakhrani, PPP MNA, who spoke strongly against the Domki family killings in the National Assembly, says there is still some hope. While he admits it is unlikely that the findings will name the people that the family thinks is behind the killings, he adds: “The culprits can be easily captured if the people investigating the killings are honest and focus on their job.”

Source: The News