CTD sets up special team to probe 2011 murder of Saudi diplomat in Karachi

The Anti-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh Police has set up a special investigation team at the request of the Saudi government to investigate the killing of a Saudi diplomat in Karachi in 2011.

Hassan Al Qahtani, an official at the Saudi consulate killed in a drive-by shooting In Defense Phase VI of Karachi on May 16, after al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces in a raid in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011. The Saudi official was shot by at least four assailants on two motorcycles, who stopped his vehicle after leaving his residence near Khyaban-e-Shahbaz.

The attack came days after two grenades were hurled at the Saudi consulate building in Karachi.

At that time a police officer told dawn While a ‘Bahrain connection’ cannot be ruled out as a possible motive for the two attacks, it is also being investigated whether these were in retaliation for the assassination of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

the new York Times, quoting a Pakistani security official, had reported that Qahtani was working on Saudi dissidents who had taken refuge in the city and that this was probably the reason for his assassination.

According to the order issued by Anti-Terrorism Department DIG Umar Shahid Hamid on Saturday, a copy of which is available with the pass. don.comA Special Investigation Team has been constituted to probe the murder as it is a matter of “highest national importance”.

The order said that the investigation team will be headed by DIG Umar Shahid Hamid, CTD, while its members include DSP Investigation CTD Naeem Ahmed, officer in-charge of Transnational Terrorist Cell Raja Umar Khattab, CTD’s Shia Militants Cell in-charge Ali Raza, probe. Inspectors will be involved. CTD Sarfaraz Ahmed and representatives of Inter-Services Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau and Rangers.

The first meeting of the team is expected to be convened on Monday at the office of SP Investigation CTD, Karachi.