Karachi: Warrants issued 3rd time in Zardari torture case
KARACHI: Additional District & Sessions Judge (South) Karachi Irfan Hussain Siddiqui re-issued Saturday for the third time the non-bailable warrants (NBWs) of the ex-IG Sindh Police Rana Maqbool Ahmad Khan, DIG Farooq Amin Qureshi, Central Prison superintendent Najaf Mirza, former senator and former Ehtesab Bureau chief Saifur Rehman Khan and his brother Mujibur Rehman Khan in a case of torturing PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and directed the IO of the case to arrest and produce them on July 28, 2008.
As the case taken up for hearing, the IO requested one month’s time to produce the accused. He submitted that most of them were abroad or out of Karachi due to which the police needed more time. The court granted him 15 days and directed him to produce them before the court on July 28.
Zardari has alleged that in May 1999 he was tortured while in police custody. Acquittal application in Justice Nizam murder case District & Sessions Judge (Central) Karachi, Sofia Latif, adjourned Saturday the hearing of an acquittal application filed by Bilal Sheikh, accused of the murders of Justice Nizam Ahmed of the Sindh High Court and his son, till July 19, 2008.
The adjournment came on a request from Bilal’s counsel, who submitted an application to condone his absence on medical grounds. The court accepted the application and issued directions for a personal appearance at the next date.
According to the prosecution, Asif Zardari (acquitted from the case), Akhtar Javed Pirzada, Bilal Shaikh and Babar Sindhu were charged with the double murders of Justice Nizam Ahmed and his son Nadeem Ahmed, a lawyer. They were shot dead in an attack on June 10, 1996, in front of their PECHS residence in Karachi.
Complainant, Group Captain (retd) Sikandar, the brother-in-law of Justice Nizam Ahmed lodged the FIR at the Ferozabad police station. The killings were attributed to a dispute over a prized plot near Awami Markaz as Justice Nizam had opposed its commercialization and illegal allotment.