Karachi: Warrants re-issued against Zardari’s alleged assailants
KARACHI: The Additional District and Session Judge (ADJ), South, Irfan Hussain re-issued non–bailable warrants (NBWs) for the seventh time against the five top officials allegedly involved in the case of attempted murder of Asif Ali Zardari and strictly ordered the DIG Sindh to personally submit a report in the court at the next hearing date fixed for September 30. The court also rejected the report submitted by DSP Sultan Khan Yousufzai giving details about the accused. The court issued strict orders to DIG Sindh to submit report on the next hearing date.
DSP Sultan submitted the report wherein he stated that on the court orders he visited the residence of Farooq Amin, ex-DIG, and found that he had been shifted to some other place.
The other accused ex-Senator Saif–ur–Rehman and his brother ex-Chairman, Cricket Board, Mujeeb–ur-Rehman, are out of country, while Najaf Mirza, ex–Superintendent Jail has been posted as DPO, Hyderabad, and is awaiting posting.
The other accused, ex–Inspector–General, Sindh, Rana Maqbool Ahmed, is residing in the Punjab and permission of Home Department government of Sindh is essential for the execution of warrants in the Punjab. The prosecution sought time for their arrest.
The court issued non–bailable warrant arrest for the eighth time and ordered production of all the three absconding accused at the next hearing date fixed for September 27 otherwise they will be declared absconders.
Ex-Senator Saif-ur-Rehman, his brother ex-Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Mujeeb–ur-Rehman, ex-Superintendent, Jail Najaf Mirza, ex–Inspector–General, Sindh, Rana Maqbool Ahmed, and ex-Dig, Karachi, Farooq Amin, were allegedly involved in the attempt to murder Asif Ali Zardari.
The case was reopened after the Sindh High Court (SHC) which suspended the order of the subordinate court which closed the case against the accused after accepting a report submitted by the Investigation Officer (IO).
On September 13, 2006, the Additional District and Sessions Judge, South, Munawwar Sultana, accepted the police report submitted by the investigation officer under Section 173 Cr PC for C class and disposed of the attempt to murder case filed by Asif Ali Zardari against ex-Senator Saif–ur–Rehman, his brother Mueeb–ur–Rehman, ex IG Sindh Rana Maqbool, ex-DIG Karachi FArooq Amin Qureshi and ex-superintendent jail Najaf Mirza without reviewing the report of 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 on the night between May 15 and 16, 1999, on Sunday. Hakim Ali Abbasi, ATC Judge issued remand on Sunday. The then DSP Amanat Javed shifted Zardari to 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 had 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 in his enquiry report that wounds inside Asif Zardari’s mouth and other parts of his body could not self-inflicted. An FIR was registered February 19, 2005, which nominated five persons. The magistrate concerned sent the case up for trial by a session court and the 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 Crimes Unit and the then IO Sarwar Commando issued notices for evidence but as a matter of fact, Asif Ali Zardari was out of 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 ADJ’s order in 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.