Footage Controversy: Tension between CDGK and Sindh Government

January 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm (Pakistan) (, , , , )

Karachi: Tension between City District Government Karachi and Sindh Government has increased after the blast at Moharram procession in Karachi.

Provincial Interior Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said in a statement on Thursday that the footage released by City Nazim Mustafa Kamal is not the whole truth. This statement came after a controversial episode between the law enforcement agencies and CDGK officials at the Command and Control Centre at City Government Head Office on Monday.

Federal Investigation Agency and two other secret agencies raided the City District Government Karachi office on Monday evening, right after the Karachi Blast, and ceased an effort to destroy evidences of Karachi Blast aftermath from the CCTV footage. The agency seized all CCTV camera recordings and took copies of the unedited video record from City Government, Investigation Cell learnt from reliable sources. The FIA Team was headed by Mir Zubair Mahmood, Director FIA Sindh.

During the raid, several employees of City District Government were interrogated about the editing of footages. Important information from different departments of CDGK, including the Fire Department, were collected about the fire at Bolton market and surrounding areas. Raids were carried out later the following night in the light of this information.

City Nazim Mustafa Kamal at City District Government Karachi Office
City Nazim Mustafa Kamal at City District Government Karachi Office

The intelligence agencies are swiftly proceeding in the investigations of Karachi Bomb Blast and its aftermath. Sources from within the intelligence told Investigation Cell that there are several CCTV cameras installed at M.A. Jinnah Road and due to the recordings, the culprits can be traced easily and brought to justice. Hence, the original unedited CCTV footage is extremely important.

The source said that the footage was released by the City Government after editing, without consulting the intelligence agencies. It was not the original footage and was extensively edited.

The source also said that City Government officials threatened the security officials, including a serving Major in an agency, and resisted harshly when asked to hand over the original videos. However, when some ‘techniques’ were used for few CDGK officials, they handed over the CCTV recordings.

The Fire Department also came under investigation by the intelligence agencies including FIA. The officials of Fire Department were inquired about as to why the fire tenders reached the crime scene after 3 hours and what caused the delay.

City Nazim Mustafa Kamal and Interior Minister Sindh Zulfiqar Mirza
City Nazim Mustafa Kamal and Interior Minister Sindh Zulfiqar Mirza

However, City Nazim Mustafa Kamal said that we handed over the entire footage to the administration on day one and his team reached the bomb blast location in 3 minutes and 32 seconds. He further said that we should not fight with each other and try to deal with the current situation.

When asked about Zulfiqar Mirza’s statement City Nazim Mustafa Kamal said that he does not want to comment on that. City Nazim said that the police did not try to arrest a single miscreant and the responsibility of police lies with Sindh Government. He said that the people involved in burning the markets are enemies of Karachi and Pakistan.

– Investigation Cell


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