KARACHI: SSP CID Mohammad Aslam Khan, commonly known as Chaudhry Aslam, along with his two guards was laid to rest in Gizri Graveyard on Friday. Aslam was laid to rest next to his mother's grave. The funeral prayer was held at Police Headquarters Hassan Square, where despite the presence of heavy contingents of law enforcers, mobile jammers were installed to prevent any untoward incident.
The funerals of Chaudhary Aslam, his guard and driver, were given 'Guard of Honour' by contingent of police, while Corps Commander Karachi Brigadier Farrukh laid floral wreath on the coffin on behalf of Army Chief General Raheel Sharif.
Apart from senior police officers, family members and friends, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayyat, DG Rangers Major General Rizwan Akhtar, PPP’s Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, former provincial minister Syed Owais Muzaffar, Qadir Patel, Najmi Alam, PML-N’s Saleem Zia and others attended the funeral.
An MQM delegation, comprising Muzumil Qureshi, Irteza Farooqi, Azeem Farooqui and led by Dr Saghir Ahmed attended the funeral prayer and burial service of SSP Chaudhry Aslam. They also conveyed MQM chief Altaf Hussain's heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
The time and venue for the last rites of Chaudhry Aslam was changed at the last minute from Police Headquarter Garden to Hassan Square due to security concerns. Strict security measures were adopted during the funeral prayers and security personnel halted vehicular traffic on Hassan Square.
Aslam, along with his two guards, CID sub inspector Kamran and Farhan was killed in a suicide bombing on Lyari Expressway near Essa Nagri on Thursday evening. 14 other people were also injured in the bomb attack.
CID sub inspector Kamran also drove Aslam's car and was responsible for keeping vigil.
The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mohmand Agency claimed responsibility for the deadly attack to avenge killings and arrests of militants made by Aslam during his service.
According to post-mortem report issued by medico-legal department of Jinnah Hospital, Karachi, Chaudhry Aslam died on the spot. He had received severe injuries on his chest, while half of his head was damaged in the blast.
As per the report, only his beard enabled authorities concerned to identify him, as the rest of the body was mutilated.
A joint investigation team headed by DIG Zafar Bukhari had visited the crime scene to collect evidence. The Bomb Disposal Squad experts estimated that around 20 kilogram explosive materials were used in the bomb.
The report added that the incident occurred due to the negligence of Motorway Police. It said that the Motorway Police does not obtain record of any vehicle entering Lyari Expressway.
It is worth mentioning that Chaudhry Aslam was targeted about five months ago, at the same place.
Meanwhile, police arrested a man from Aga Khan Hospital who came to visit a patient who was injured in the blast, while another injured person was arrested earlier.
In January 2006, gunmen had attacked SSP Aslam in Gizri area of Defence.