Karachi: Shakaib acquitted in Murtaza murder case
KARACHI: The Additional District and Sessions Judge (East) on Friday acquitted former SSP (Investigation) Shakaib Qureshi from Mir Murtaza Bhutto murder case due to none-availability of evidence against him. Justice Abdul Rehman Bhatti accepted the plea for acquitting the former police official after recording arguments from both the sides. The defense consul had submitted that four challans were presented before the court against the former police official without any evidence. Shakaib was among accused involved in the murder case of slain head of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP–SB), Mir Murtaza Bhutto.
It will worth mentioning here that President Asif Ali Zardari was already acquitted in the said case.
Further hearing of the murder case of Murtaza Bhutto and his seven party workers will be conducted on 18th of November against remaining accused including former Director General IB Masood Sharif, former IG Sindh Shoaib Saddle, SP Wajid Durrani, ASP Tahir Rohai and others.
According to the prosecution, Mir Murtaza Bhutto was shot dead in an encounter on September 20, 1996 when he was returning home along with his party workers and personal guards including Ashiq Jatoi, Sattar Rajpar, Sajjad Haider Ghakro, Rahim Brohi, Yar Mohammad Baloch and Wajahat Jokhio after attending a public meeting in Yousuf Goth area in Karachi.
When they reached some 100 meters away from his residence located at 70 Clifton, a heavy contingent of police shot them dead in an alleged shootout.