Karachi: 3 get bail in murder case
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) granted bail to three Muslim League–Quaid (PML-Q) activists who had been accused of murder. Khalid Mehmood, Abdul Hafeez and Mohammad Khan along with others were arrested for killing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) activist Ayaz Hussain and injuring two others on February 20, 2008. The prosecution said that the applicants shot at a PPP election camp, resulting in the death of Ayaz Hussain while Alam Chand and Hameeed were injured. The applicants counsel contended that a case was lodged against his clients due to political rivalry and in fact the complainant attacked the associates of the applicant and injured them. He also submitted that the families of the applicants were named in the FIR by the complainant by putting political influence on the police.
The SHC’s single bench comprising Justice Syed Mehmood Alam Rizvi after hearing the case granted bail to the applicants with a surety of Rs200,000 each. Meanwhile, the SHC issued a notice to the Advocate General Sindh on the bail application of a man in an extortion case. Noman Ikram was arrested for demanding extortion from businessman Mohammad Rameez. He is currently facing trial with others in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC).
Applicant Mohammad Rameez said Faisal, Noman Khan demanded Rs100,000 as extortion from him in the name of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) but the police arrested them red-handed and recovered the money. However, he said, the police did not return the money and the judicial magistrate released them.
The administrative judge of the ATC in Karachi set aside the Judicial Magistrate central order regarding acquittal of the accused in an extortion case and directed the investigation officer to submit a charge sheet before the ATC-I for trial.
The applicant’s counsel, Aamir Mansoob Qureshi, submitted that his client had nothing to do with the case and he may be released on bail. After the preliminary hearing of the application, the court issued a notice to the Attorney General (AG) and called for his comments.