Afghan govt confirms martyrdom of SP Tahir Dawar: KP info minister

PESHAWAR: Information Minister Khyebr Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Shaukat Yousufzai said the Afghanistan government has confirmed the martyrdom of Superintendent Police (SP) Tahir Khan Dawar, who had gone missing from Islamabad late last month.

SP Dawar had gone missing from Islamabad on October 27. Speculation over the fate of the missing officer mounted when pictures of a dead body found in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, purportedly that of Dawar, started circulating on social media platforms.
Speaking to media here, the provincial minister said the body of martyred police officer could not be received.
“A police team returned from Torkham border crossing after waiting there all day,” he said, adding that the body is likely to be handed over to Pakistan.
Yousufzai further said funeral prayers for SP Dawar will be offered in Peshawar, after which his body will be handed over to his family.
Earlier in the day, the Foreign Office of Pakistan said the Afghan government had confirmed the discovery of a body along with the service card of SP Dawar.
It said the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul that locals found a body in Dur Baba district of Nangarhar province.
“The Afghan side has confirmed that the service card of Superintendent of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Mr. Tahir Khan Dawar has also been recovered with the body,” the Foreign Office said in its statement.