Islamabad: IHC dismisses bail plea of Marriott blast accused
ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), Sardar Muhammad Aslam, on Friday dismissed the petition of Sobia Ilyas who had contended before the court for the bail of her husband and further prayed to the court to declare judicial remand of her accused husband illegal. The court, however, allowed the petitioner and her lawyer to meet Rana Ilyas, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Marriott suicide blast. In her petition, Sobia Ilyas had submitted that the name of her husband was not in the FIR but of his brother Rana Ashfaq and the authorities had detained him on the basis of suspicion.
She stated that the jail authorities were not allowing him to meet her husband upon which the CJ said that he had already issued a notice to the jail superintendent to appear before the court.
The assistant superintendent of the jail told the court that the case was of terrorism and only the Home Department could allow anybody to meet the accused. The standing counsel from the government side, Aleem Abbasi, told The News that they had intimated the court that a high-profile team had investigated the matter and “we have some evidence about the involvement of Rana Ilyas in the case”.
The truck laden with explosives was driven from Jhang by Rana Ashfaq, the real brother of Rana Ilyas, and it was handed over to the suicide bomber at Tarnol who rammed it into the hotel. The mobile phone that was in use of Rana Ashfaq was recovered from Rana Ilyas. Rana Ilyas was arrested from a PCO in Sumundari. Later, he was kept under detention at the Secretariat Police Station where the FIR of the case was registered and his wife was informed about his arrest on phone. The accused was then presented before the Anti–terrorism Court in Rawalpindi on November 18 for judicial remand. The same day, his wife submitted an application in the court to see her husband that was accepted but according to her the jail superintendent did not allow her to meet him.
In another case, the IHC chief justice, while dismissing a petition of 12–year–old girl Nasreen Parveen, who was allegedly gang–raped by three boys, directed the Shalimar Police Station SHO to accompany her to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences for medical examination.