Karachi: Murder cases against Lahori; Magistrate, MLO deposed
KARACHI: According to the Dawn News on Wednesday, two prosecution witnesses on Tuesday recorded their statements before an anti-terrorism court in as many murder cases against the chief of the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and his two aides.
The three accused — Mohammad Ajmal alias Akram Lahori, Mohammad Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif — have been charged with killing a police constable, Faiz-ul-Islam, and wounding his colleague Naimat Khan in March 2002 within the remit of the Korangi Industrial Area police station.
In the policeman murder case, Judicial Magistrate Zahida Parveen appeared in court as a prosecution witness and deposed that she had recorded the statements of three witnesses under Section 164 of the criminal procedure code.
During the cross-examination, the defence lawyers asked the magistrate whether she committed some procedural errors while recording the statements. Upon which, she replied in the negative.
The same set of accused has also been charged with killing Syed Jawad Hussain Rizvi and wounding his friend Zamarud Hussain Jaffri in Defence Housing Authority in January 2002.
A medico-legal officer, Dr Khalil Ahmed Pathan, appeared in court and testified that he had conducted the post-mortem examination of the deceased who sustained bullet wounds.
After recording their statements, Judge Anand Ram Hotwani of the ATC-III, who was conducting the trial inside the Karachi Central Prison due to security concerns, directed the investigation officer (IO) to produce more witnesses on the next hearing.
The court had summoned a judicial magistrate, Bashir Ahmed Channa, who had conducted the identification parade of the accused, to record his testimony as a prosecution witness. However, the IO stated that the witness had left the judicial services and his whereabouts were not known.
The trial judge directed the IO to trace the whereabouts of the judicial magistrate and adjourned the hearing till Nov 2.