Kafila murder case: Judgement reserved on ex-minister’s bail plea
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam on Friday reserved judgment on a bail plea of former federal communications minister Shahid Jamil Qureshi after conclusion of arguments by both parties. Advocates Wasim Sajjad and Omar Hassan Sajjad appeared as counsel for the former minister. They prayed to the court to accept Qureshi’s bail application on the ground of benefit of doubt.
The ex-minister’s alleged involvement in the murder of Kafila Siddiqui has not been proved, they contended, saying, the defendant was implicated in a crime he had never committed, as it was evident from investigation report or different statements. The counsel also produced various proofs and cited relevant laws to support their arguments.
Advocate Qasim Chauhan, appearing as counsel for the respondent, said the accused was arrested on valid ground for his alleged involvement in the murder of Siddiqui, 38-year-old Canadian national of Pakistani origin and businesswoman, on June 9 last year. She was found dead in the accused’s home in Sector G-113.
Shalimar Police had arrested Qureshi after registering a murder case against him on the application of deceased’s brother Mustafa Siddiqui.