Karachi: Former SP indicted in Murtaza murder case
KARACHI: Additional District and Sessions Judge East Abdul Rahman Bhatti indicted former Clifton superintendent of police Shakaib Qureshi in the murder case of Mir Murtaza Bhutto. Pakistan People’s Party Shaheed Bhutto Group chairman Murtaza, party’s senior vice president Ashiq Jatoi and seven activists were killed in crossfire between police and Murtaza’s bodyguards on September 20, 1996. The accused absconded in 1996 and surrendered only a few months back. Shakaib denied the charge and pleaded innocent, after which the court ordered the prosecution to produce witnesses against him. According to the prosecution, there were no casualties amongst the police party in the clash.
Only former Clifton Station House Officer Haq Nawaz Sial sustained a bullet injury, which a medical inquiry board later declared as self-inflicted. Police lodged a first information report (FIR) on Sial’s complaint, which was also killed in mysterious circumstances within a fortnight after the incident, the prosecutors said.
The widows of Murtaza and Jatoi, through a Sindh High Court bench’s order, lodged a second FIR. Senator Asif Ali Zardari, now President of Pakistan, SSP Wajid Ali Durrani, SP Shakaib Qureshi, ASPs Rai Tahir and Shahid Hayat and several other police officials were accused of multiple murders in the FIR.