Karachi: Court annoyed over non-arrest of accused
KARACHI: The Judicial Magistrate District South Abdul Naeem Memon on Saturday expressed his annoyance over not producing the nominated accused involved in an attempt to murder the PPP co-chairperson and President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari. The court was told that despite issuing several warrants, the nominated accused including former Inspector General Sindh Police Rana Maqbool, former chairman NAB Saifur Rehman, his brother Mujeebur Rehman, Najaf Mirza and Amin Qureshi have yet to be produced before the court.
The court has directed that it must be confirmed that either the home ministry has received the directives, sent by the court via courier or not. In its directives court mentioned that assistance of Interpol would be sought to make sure whether the accused are arrested or not, who left the country.
The prosecution told the court that since long there has been no progress in this case. While the Sindh home secretary has not contacted Interpol yet regarding the arrest of the said accused.
The court again issued non–bailable warrants against the accused to produce them before the court in the next hearing.
The court had already proclaimed all the five accused as offenders and had asked the government of Pakistan to contact the Interpol for their arrest, while the court also asked the provincial government to seize their properties. In reply of the said directives the court was told that the accused who have escaped from the country have no property in Pakistan.
Earlier, the investigation police official had also appeared before the court, where he informed the court that the four accused Rana Maqbool, Saifur Rehman, Mujeebur Rehman, Amin Qureshi have escaped, only Najaf Mirza is said to be present in the country. Police have conducted raids across the country to arrest him, but so far no success has been achieved in this regard.
According to the prosecutor, on May 19, 1999, Zardari had been subjected to brutal torture by the police on the directions of the aforementioned accused during his custody in Civil Lines police station when he was brought from Karachi Central Prison.
Meanwhile, the Additional District and Sessions Judge Abdul Rehman Bhatti has adjourned the hearing regarding Mir Murtaza murder case till November 24. The hearing of the bail plea of former police official Shaqeeb Qureshi has been adjourned till November 14.
According to the prosecutor, on September 20, 1996, Mir Murtaza Bhutto was returning home after attending a public meeting held in Yousuf Goth, outskirts of Karachi. He was accompanied by Ashiq Jatoi, Sattar Rajpar, Shajad Haider Ghakro, Rahim Brohi, Yar Mohammad Baloch, and Wajahat Jokhio. Murtaza along with his security guards when reached some 100 metres from his residence located at 70 Clifton was shot dead along with six others, including his close aide Ashiq Jatoi, by a heavy contingent of police in an alleged shootout.