Karachi: Warrants out for arrest of former NAB chairman, others: Zardari murder attempt case
KARACHI: An additional district and sessions court on Saturday again issued non–bailable warrants for the arrest of a former chairman of the National Accountability Bureau and others in a case pertaining to an attempt on the life of PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari, now the President of Pakistan, in 1999. The judge issuing the warrants had previously directed the police to arrest the former chairman of NAB, Saifur Rehman Khan, his brother, Mujibur Rehman Khan, a former inspector-general of police, Rana Maqbool, a former DIG, Farooq Amin Qureshi, and a former superintendent of the central prison, Najaf Mirza and produce them in court on Sept 27.
However, DSP Sultan Khan, on behalf of his superiors, submitted a report, stating that the warrants could not be executed as two of the accused were abroad while the remaining had gone in hiding. The police were finding it difficult to track down the accused, he stated while seeking more time from the court. Judge Irfan Hussain Siddiqui, who is conducting the trial, refused to accept the report and warned the DSP that his arrest warrants could be issued for misleading the court. Meanwhile, the public prosecutor requested the court to order the IG or DIG investigation to arrest the accused as it was a difficult task for an officer of DSP rank to arrest his superiors.
The judge accepted the plea, issued the non–bailable warrants for eighth time and directed the DIG investigation to appear in person before the court on Sept 30. In case of non-compliance, he said, the accused would be declared as absconders.
According to the prosecution, the accused had “unlawfully” obtained the physical custody of Mr Zardari from an anti–terrorism court on the night between May 15, 1999 and 16, 1999 and took him to the CIA Centre, where they tortured and forced him to record incriminatory statements.
Mr Zardari suffered injuries to his tongue and other parts of his body due to the torture while the police refused to register an FIR against the police officials, attributing the incident to his bid to commit suicide instead, it added.