Dawn | By Sirajuddin

Afghan officials on Thursday handed over the body of martyred Superintendent of Police (SP) Tahir Khan Dawar to a Pakistani delegation led by Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi at the Torkham border.

SP Dawar, who was chief of Peshawar police’s rural circle, was kidnapped in the G-10/4 area of Islamabad on October 26, and his body was found in a remote area of the Afghan province of Nangarhar.

Read: Family of SP Dawar and the police force he represented deserve a full explanation on his murder

According to Radio Pakistan, the Afghan officials had initially refused to hand over the police official’s body to Pakistani authorities. However, they later handed over the body to Afridi, who was also accompanied by KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousufzai — the latter confirmed.

MNA Mohsin Dawar was also present at the Torkham border at the time SP Dawar’s body was transferred to Pakistan.

The martyred police officer’s body was then dispatched to Peshawar via a helicopter. His funeral prayer, according to his family, will be held at Civil Lines Peshawar at 10pm, whereas his burial will take place in Hayatabad.

Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor condemned “the brutal murder” of “a brave police officer”, and suspected the involvement of an entity “more than a terrorist organisation”.

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