Karachi: Bail plea of rape accused rejected
KARACHI: Additional and District Session judge Aftab Ahmed Boghio rejected the bail application of three men allegedly involved in the gang–rape of an 18–year–old woman from Lodhran in the vicinity of the Quaid’s Mausoleim. Three of the accused, Khadim Hussain (a security guard at the Mausoleum), Accountant Raja Arif, and Arif Ansari (assistant to resident engineer) had filed a bail application in the court. Razia Kubra, an 18-year-old woman of Lodhran was gang–raped inside the Mazar-e-Quaid allegedly by employees of the Mazar on March 9 this year, when she came to pay homage to the founder of the nation along with her family members.
She was found in a shaky condition outside the Mausoleum on March 17. The police registered a case under Section 365/B of the Pakistan Penal Code inserted into the PPC through the Protection Women Act, 2006. Three people were arrested after a DNA report confirmed their involvement and through an identification parade that was conducted in the court.
Trial court told to dispose of murder case against Shoaib Khan’s associate: The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed the trial court to dispose of within a month, a murder case pending against an alleged hit man of the late underworld don Shoaib Khan.
Tahir Suleman, along with Shoaib Khan and others, is charged with kidnapping and killing Haji Ibrahim alias Bholo in January 2001. According to the prosecution, Khan kidnapped Ibrahim, who had a business dispute with him, and later killed him in a bungalow situated in Block-6, F.B Area, Karachi. The Police said that the accused them dumped Bholo’s body in the lawn of the bungalow.
The applicant’s counsel, Shaukat H. Zubedi, submitted that the material witnesses of the case were not being recorded by the trial court for the past three years while three witnesses, including the complainant of the case, had gone abroad. He contended that the applicant was implicated in the case on a mere confessional statement that was taken by the police via torture. Zubedi said that only six witnesses had been examined during the last four years by the trial court. He sought an injunction for the early disposal of the case.
The SHC’s single bench, comprising Justice Mrs Qaiser Iqbal, after hearing the application, directed the trial court to dispose of the case within a month. The court also directed that the statement of the process server be recorded if witnesses did not turn up before the court instead of adjourning the case on every hearing.
Bail dismissed: The same court dismissed the bail application of a man in a murder case and directed the trial court to record the evidence of the case within four months. Sami Ahmed was accused of killing Abdul Rahim along with his wife Asma on October 14, 2007 within the jurisdictions of the Nabi Bux police station.
According to the prosecution, the applicant, along with Asma, killed Rahim, because he knew about their alleged illicit relations.