July 15, 2017
HARIPUR - Police have arrested a female councilor of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and a journalist in connection with last month’s murder of K-2 Times Bureau Chief Bakshish Elahi (pictured).
They were remanded by a court Saturday, The Express Tribune reported.
Councilor Hina Akhtar, and Hanif Akhtar were presented before a judicial magistrate.
Elahi was shot dead in broad daylight in Haripur on June 11 by gunmen on motorcycles as he headed to work.
The Tribune, quoting the prosecution, said Hina had differences with Elahi. She contacted Hanif, a bureau chief of another Urdu newspaper.
Hanif too had issues with Elahi and told Hina, he too wanted him “out of the way.”
In her statement before the magistrate, Hina said she offered to pay Rs0.5 million to Hanif to have Elahi assassinated. She paid him Rs0.1 million and promised to pay the rest of the money later.
The judicial magistrate transferred the case to an anti-terrorism court.
The Tribune said police recorded the statements of around 400 people to solve the case.
Image courtesy: The Nation
Pakistan Observer, November 1, 2016