Accused remanded for murder case in Karachi
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court recorded the statements of two prosecution witnesses in a case pertaining to the kidnap and murder of a 21-year-old man. The witnesses, Hakeem Ali, a police constable, and, Nazirul Islam, one of the cousins of the deceased, appeared in court to testify in the case. The judge, Abdul Ghafoor Memon, of the ATC-II, who is conducting the trial, adjourned the hearing till June 9. The accused, Abu Alkalam, and his son, Abdul Razzaq, were indicted on May 23 for the murder of Kamal. However, the accused pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case.
According to the prosecution, the police found the body of a young man on February 14 near the Premier College from the limits of the North Nazimabad police station. The police registered an FIR on behalf of the state. On Feb 15, the deceased was identified as Kamal, 21, son of Abdul Haq. After initial investigations, however, the police on Feb 16 arrested the accused.
The investigation officer, Hatim Khan Marwat, stated in the charge-sheet that the deceased, Kamal, was said to be fond of the daughter of Abu Alkalam and wanted to marry her. However, the girl’s family opposed the matrimonial alliance which led to many disputes between both the families. On Feb 13 the accused along with his son, Abdul Razzaq, and a relative, Mahjil Hussail, killed Kamal and dumped the body near Premier College, said the prosecution. The police registered a case (FIR No 81/08) under Section 302/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. Mahjil Hussain has been declared absconder in the case.