Karachi: Rasool Bux murder case
KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) issued notices to former Lyari Task Force (LTF) Chief and others on a state appeal against the acquittal of police officials in the Rasool Bux (Mashooq Brohi) murder case. Former LTF chief SP Chaudhary Mohammad Aslam, DSP Irfan Ali Bahadur and SHO Shershah Syed Safdar Ali Shah along with others, who were facing trial before the Sessions Court, Nawabshah, for murdering Rasool Bux in the garb of dacoit Mashooq Brohi, were acquitted of the charges by the Sindh High Court (SHC) while allowing their application for quashment of the case.
Ch. Aslam and his team claimed to have killed alleged dacoit Mashooq Brohi in a police encounter on July 12, 2006, in the limits of Gadap police station, Karachi. Police investigation officer’s final report, however, rejected the claim of an encounter and termed it fake.
Subsequently, the PPO, Sindh, ordered an inquiry and a case was registered at the Sakrand police station against police officials of the Lyari Task Force who took part in the allegedly staged encounter, on the complaint of Lal Bibi, wife of the Rasool Bux Brohi. It was alleged that the LTF arrested Rasool Bux from his house in Sakrand and later killed him in Gadap in a fake encounter.
Filing an appeal against acquittal of police officers, the Prosecutor-General, Sindh, Shahdat Awan, contended that prosecution had sufficient evidence to prove the guilt of the accused and High Court Judge erred in judgment by quashing criminal proceedings pending against the police officials before the trial court.
He submitted that the DNA test report on the basis of which the respondents were acquitted of charges supported the prosecution instead of giving benefit to the respondents. He prayed the court to set aside the High Court judgment and allow the prosecution to conclude the trial before Sessions court.
The SC’s three-member bench comprising Justice Mohammad Moosa K Laghari, Justice Syed Zawar Hussain Jaffery and Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany after preliminary hearing of the appeal issued notices to ex–LTF chief and others 50 respondents through Capital City Police Officer, Karachi.
Fifteen police personnel, including SP Aslam, remained incarcerated for more than 18 months prior to their bail and quashment of case by the SHC.
The other aspect of the case is that in April last year, the SHC had quashed police investigation report on Mashooq Brohi encounter case with direction to Provincial Police Officer to constitute a team of senior police officers for reinvestigation of alleged encounter.
The police, team after the reinvestigation, submitted a fresh challan before judicial magistrate on the complaint of Chaudhry Aslam on December 13, 2007. Aslam’s counsel Aamir Mansoob Qureshi said that following reinvestigation statements of 95 prosecution witnesses had been recorded including eight independent eyewitnesses and they were being examined before the trial court for proving that dacoit Mashooq Brohi was in fact killed in police encounter in Gadap area on June 12, 2006.