ISLAMABAD: Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s assassin Mumtaz Qadri was presented in an Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) on Thursday, television reports said.
The joint investigation team presented Qadri before the court under strict security.
Due to security risks, Rawalpindi’s ATC was shifted to Islamabad for Thursday’s proceeding regarding Taseer’s assassination.
Earlier on Wednesday, Mumtaz Qadri, who was part of Taseer’s security detail, was presented before a magistrate in Islamabad.
Police on Wednesday charged Qadri with murder and terrorism over Taseer’s killing.
“Police have charged Qadri with murder, terrorism and violence,” a lawyer, Farooq Sulehria said.
Also on Wednesday, Islamabad Chief Commissioner Tariq Mehmud Pirzada constituted a joint team to investigate the assassination.
The team comprises DIG (Operations) Bani Ameen, SSP Tahir Alam Khan, SP (Investigation) Tahir Ayub Khan, SP CID Gulfam Nasir, Kohsar police station SHO Inspector Hakim Khan and officials from intelligence agencies, including the ISI and IB.
Moreover, a team comprising CIA personnel was also constituted to investigate the background of Qadri. The team has started collecting details and particulars about the murderer and getting information from his neighbours, relatives and friends.
The team was also interrogating eight personnel of the Elite Force who did not stop Qadri when he opened fire at the governor.
The investigators are of the opinion that the security guards’ failure to stop their colleague strengthens the suspicions of a conspiracy.