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Qadri guarded Zardari too

world Updated: Jan 14, 2011 00:46 IST

The police guard who gunned down Punjab governor Salman Taseer was assigned to protect key personalities, including Pakistan’s President, Prime Minister and foreign delegations and has heightened security fears among the country’s elite.

Self-confessed killer, Mumtaz Qadri, was detailed on protection duties on as many as 509 occasions in the past three years, including for US delegations, according to a media report on Thursday. The reports attributed to police investigations have also cast suspicions that other elite bodyguards may have been radicalised.

The media reports said this could be alarming as the police force is part of the frontline in the war against terror groups, specially Taliban and al Qaeda.