Govt to request Kuwait to hand over Azam Tariq murder suspect
By Shahzad Malik
ISLAMABAD: The government is likely to ask the Kuwaiti government to extradite Rizwan Naqvi, the main suspect in the October 6 assassination of Maulana Azam Tariq, former chief of the defunct Sipah-e-Sahaba, and his four bodyguards.
The development comes after the several raids on Mr Naqvi’s residence in Rajghar near Sandha police station in Lahore by the team investigating the assassination, sources told Daily Times on Wednesday. Senior officials of the Islamabad police have briefed the Interior Ministry of the latest developments, sources said, including their detention and interrogation of Mr Naqvi’s brother-in-law in Rajghar, which was apparently not very helpful.
Islamabad police has composite sketches of the assassins compiled by eyewitness accounts and one sketch reportedly resembles Mr Naqvi, who is believed to have a hand in much sectarian violence in Pakistan and who is wanted for murder and anti-state activities by various police stations including in Faisalabad and Vehari districts.
The court has declared him a proclaimed offender and he is believed to have fled to Kuwait.
Meanwhile, police is looking for information of a black Mercedes which they believe the assassins fled in after parking a white Toyota in which they carried out the attack on Maulana Tariq near Mughal market, Sector I-8/3, sources added.