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Sketch of Babar’s suspected killer released

Karachi: Police officials have drawn, with the help of witnesses, a sketch of one of the alleged culprits involved in the killing of Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar, Geo News reported on Saturday.

The investigative team also claimed to have seized a car used in the crime, according to the report. The sketch shows a clean-shaven man, aged around 28-30 years, wearing a cap.

According to the team probing the incident, the attackers were riding a motorcycle and, after finishing their task, one of them got off the motorcycle and got into a car. The police claimed to have tracked down a car, the owner of which was said to be a woman, who is out of the country.

The owner’s sister had sold the car seven months ago, the police said. The car had been sold and resold four times in the past seven months, the report said.

During investigations, police have also taken into custody two showroom owners and a denter.

The investigative team, comprising DIG West Sultan Khwaja, SSP Liaquatabad Naveed Ahmed Khwaja, SSP SIU Raja Umer Khatab and other officials, also examined the scene of the crime in Liaqatabad where Wali Khan Babar was shot dead by the terrorists.

Police officials have claimed progress in the investigation into the murder of the Geo News reporter.

A forensic lab is carrying out an examination of five bullet cases found at the scene of the crime.

APP adds: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain on Saturday strongly condemned the murder of Babar.

In a statement issued by the MQM, he termed the killing of the journalist an open attack on freedom of the press and highly condemnable.

He demanded that the government should conduct an independent probe into the incident. He also said special arrangements should be made for the protection of media persons.

Meanwhile, the MQM organised Quran Khawani and Fateha at its International Secretariat in London for the slain journalist.

Also on Saturday, the orientation day for new entrants at the Karachi University’s Department of International Relations was dedicated to the slain Geo News reporter.

On this occasion, the chairperson of the department, Prof Dr Shaista Tabassum, said that the late Babar was a bright and brilliant student of the department and did his Masters there. A condolence meeting for Babar will be organised by the department on January 17.
Source: The News
Date:1/16/2011