Karachi: NBW issued for 6th time against 5 top officials
KARACHI: Non–bailable warrants (NBW) were issued for the sixth time against five top officials alleged to be involved in an attempt to murder Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co–Chairman Asif Ali Zardari while the latter was incarcerated in previous years. The case was adjourned till September 11. Former Senator Saif–ur–Rehman his brother former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mujeeb–ur–Rehman, ex-Superintendent Jail Najaf Mirza, ex-Inspector General Sindh Rana Maqbool Ahmed and ex–DIG Karachi Farooq Amin were nominated in the case. It was reopened after the Sindh High Court (SHC) suspended the order of a sub-ordinate court which closed the case against the accused after accepting a report submitted by the Investigation Officer (IO).
On September 13, 2006 Additional District and Sessions Judge South Munawar Sultana accepted the police report submitted by the investigation officer under Section 173 of the CrPC for C-class and disposed of the attempt to murder case filed by Zardari against ex-Senator Saif–ur–Rehman, his brother Mujeeb–ur–Rehman, ex IG Sindh Rana Maqbool, ex–DIG Karachi Farooq Amin Qureshi and ex–Superintendent Jail Najaf Mirza without reviewing the report of the tribunal, observed that no evidence was found against the defendants.
The respondents were accused by Zardari of unlawfully obtaining his physical remand from an Anti–Terrorism Court (ATC) on the night between May 15 and 16, 1999 on Sunday. ATC Judge Hakim Ali Abbasi issued the remand on Sunday. The then DSP Amanat Javed shifted Zardari to the CIA Centre from Karachi Central Jail where he was tortured to extract incriminatory statements. His tongue was slashed and he bled profusely but the police refused to register an FIR against the IG saying that Zardari has cut his tongue to avoid investigation and covered up the incident as an attempt to commit suicide by the victim.
A tribunal headed by former DJ Malir Salman Ansari submitted the inquiry report that wounds inside Asif Zardari’s mouth and other parts of his body could not be self-inflicted. An FIR was registered on February 19, 2005 which nominated five people. The magistrate concerned sent the case up for trial by a Sessions Court and Artillery Maidan IO was assigned to investigate the matter.
The then Chief Minister Arbab Rahim transferred the case to DSP Choudhry Aslam of the Industrial Crime Unit and the then IO Sarwar Commando issued notices for evidence but as a matter of fact, Asif Ali Zardari was out of the country and the proceedings were quashed for the absence of evidence and corroboration of the complainant’s version. The then ADJ disposed of the case as prayed and acquitted all the accused on June 30, 2006. Zardari moved a revision application against the ADJ’s order in the SHC.
On the basis of this report Zardari challenged the impugned order and prayed the court to set aside the trial court’s order and conduct trial against the accused who attempted to kill him during his incarceration in May 1999.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Irfan Ahmed re-issued non–bailable arrest warrants against five of the top officials in an attempt to murder the PPP Co–Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and adjourned the case till September 9.