ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Tuesday said the suspects involved in the recent attack on journalist in Islamabad may be identified in next two days as investigation against them was underway.
“I am hopeful that we would reach near the truth in the case of journalist Asad Ali Toor. The NADRA, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and police are jointly investigating it,” Sheikh Rasheed said while addressing media in Islamabad.
He said the fingerprint report might be obtained tomorrow and the ministry was going to advertise against pictures of the suspects who attacked Asad Toor.
“The receptionist (of the building where Asad Toor was staying) said that he did not stop the people from going to Asad Toor’s room as they used to come earlier as well,” he said speculating that they might be someone who already acquainted the journalist.
The interior minister said that after talking to the IG, FIA and NADRA, he believed that they were closer to identification of one of the persons in the case.
“Arresting the culprits is also necessary because some people are baselessly targeting our secret agencies in a bid to make their foreign lords glad. If we become successful in reaching the culprits then I think that all those alleging secret agencies of Pakistan would shut their mouths. They have no idea that how much their actions tarnish image of Pakistan internationally,” he said bashing the elements involved in smearing the national institutions.
He also said the government was making efforts to equip FIA cybercrime wing with latest equipment and making new recruitments in the cybercrime wing to improve its performance.
To a query, Sheikh Rasheed said he did not force shutdown Hamid Mir’s programme ‘Capital Talk’. “Neither I have been in contact with Hamid Mir for the last several years nor I attend his programme,” he maintained.
To another query, he said plots would be given to the journalists who were not given earlier and the process would complete in consultation with journalist unions.