The top investigation officer in the Mureed Abbas murder case, wherein accused Atif Zaman shot dead the TV anchor and his friend, Khizar Hayat, has recommended the issue by probed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), a letter issued Monday read. In his letter to the deputy inspector-general (DIG) of police for South, Tariq Dharejo — the senior superintendent of police (SSP) for investigation in the province — wrote that the “motive behind the dual murder was financial scam by arrested accused Alit Zaman involving amount of more than a billion PKR”.

SSP Investigation Dharejo said the development came during the investigation of the double homicide that left TV anchor Mureed Abbas and his friend, Khizar Hayat, dead. It had “sufficient documentary evidence” and “the number of victims of this financial scam is more than 100”, he added.

In this regard, the police officer noted that “all the credentials of the case directly invite NAB jurisdiction.”

The case’s investigative officer, too, has requested it be sent to NAB. Therefore, it had been requested that the double homicide case be referred to the director-general of the anti-graft watchdog’s Sindh wing “to formally investigate be financial scam on merits”.