Karachi: Warrants for PWs in Arbab-shoe case
KARACHI: Judicial Magistrate (JM) South Asif Ahmed issued Tuesday non–bailable warrants of arrest against seven prosecution witnesses (PWs) in a case against Dr Agha Javed Pathan, who allegedly hit former Sindh chief minister with a shoe inside the Sindh Assembly building when the latter came to take oath as an MPA elect.
When the case came up for hearing Tuesday, the PWs were called absent. The accused was present on bail. The bench inquired about the PWs from the District Prosecutor. The JM took notice of the fact that the PWs remained absent despite service on two previous occasions and then issued NBWs against them for Sept 19. The accused denies hurling a shoe or hitting the former CM as alleged by the prosecution.
For his part, Agha Javed Akhtar Pathan has demanded amnesty as the government was pursuing a policy of national reconciliation.
In an informal chat with Daily Times after the hearing of the case filed against him by the State, Pathan said that he was implicated in false cases, including one of a stolen motorcycle, possession of charas and an unlicensed pistol.
“I asked the two SPs who booked me in foisted cases whether I should be held responsible for what I have not done,” he said. “Those officers were promoted out of turn by the then government and were under immense pressure to send me behind bars. One of the police officers disclosed details of pressure from the Presidency, Governor House and the PML–Q chief.”
He also argued that the Arbab case was lodged against him on the complaint of a security officer whereas it should have been lodged by the Secretary of the Sindh Assembly. “This case shall also be dropped as was done in the Eshwar Lal case (commonly known as Shazia Marri chit case) against Nisar Khuhro, Murad Ali Shah,” he said. “The same treatment shall be meted out by PPPP to its leaders and workers.”