Govt announces Rs70m package for martyred SP Dawar’s family


ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Interior Shahryar Afridi on Tuesday said that the family of martyred SP Tahir Dawar will be provided with a Rs70 million financial assistance package and job for his son as per Prime Minister Imran Khan’s instructions.

Speaking at a press conference along with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) inspector general of police (IGP) and SP Dawar’s brother, he said that it was the responsibility of the government and state to take care of the heirs of martyred security personnel.

“SP Tahir Dawar was a brave son of Pakistan,” Afridi said. He recalled that the deceased police officer had previously survived two attacks and was a bread earner for three families.

Giving a breakdown of the aid package, the minister said Rs50m would be given to SP Dawar’s wife and children, Rs10m would be given to two of the police officer’s widowed sisters and their children, and another Rs10m would be handed to the family of Dawar’s deceased brother. In addition to the financial assistance package, SP Dawar’s son will also be offered a job as an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police, Afridi announced.

He said that a joint investigation team (JIT) had been formed to probe his abduction and murder after the prime minister took notice of the case. The probe team was continuing its work in the investigation, he said.

Afridi added that the prime minister has also directed the formation of a five-member parliamentary committee to review progress in the investigation in the murder. The committee would comprise three members from the treasury benches and two members from the opposition from both houses.

SP Dawar’s brother, Ahmed Din, thanked the government for the financial assistance package and welcomed an investigation into the case.

Last month, the government of KP, where the police official hailed from, also announced Rs15 million in compensation for the martyr’s family.

SP Tahir Dawar, head of Peshawar police’s rural circle, went missing from Islamabad on October 26 and was found dead in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province in November. His martyrdom was confirmed by the Afghan government and the body was handed over to authorities in Pakistan.