Karachi: SHC rejects bail for Pagaro relatives in PPP worker murder
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court rejected on Thursday the pre–arrest bail applications filed by Ghulam Sarwar Shah Rashidi and Ghulam Murtaza Shah Rashidi, PML–F activists and close relatives of Sadrudin Shah Rashidi. The bench, comprising Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Zafar Ahmed Khan Sherwani, heard the Rashidis’ counsel. The two men are accused of the murder of Wali Muhammad, a PPP worker, during a party rally on February 18.
According to the prosecution, Muhammad Murad, a relative of the deceased, lodged a complaint with the Pir Jo Goth police that PML–F rally participants, including Ghulam Sarwar Shah Rashidi, fired directly at Wali Muhammad, while Abdul Jabbar, another PPP worker was injured in firing by Ghulam Murtaza Shah Rashidi. The participants of the PML–F rally then fled, shouting slogans of “Bhej Pagara”, alleged the complainant in the FIR.
Seeking pre–arrest bail, the Rashidis’ counsel alleged political rivalry and highhandedness by the police and said that his clients are being falsely implicated in this case. He failed to respond to the different queries by the court, leading the bench to see no mala fide intentions on the part of the police nor find any weight behind the plea of false implication. The bench dismissed the application, after which the accused slipped out from the courtroom, despite the presence of an Investigating Officer (IO).
The bench took serious notice of the IO’s failure to apprehend the accused and ordered the Sindh IG to take departmental action against him.