Karachi: Ajmal Pahari acquitted for want of evidence
KARACHI: A sessions court on Tuesday acquitted a man in a murder case for want of evidence. Accused Shahnawaz alias Ajmal Pahari, said to be an alleged assassin, was charged with killing Mohammad Ehtisham within the remit of the Rizvi police station in 2005.
The accused filed an acquittal application under Section 265-K (power of court to acquit the accused at any stage) of the criminal procedure code and submitted that the charge-sheet was filed after a delay of six years.
He stated that the prosecution had only examined the complainant of the case, who had not identified the accused.
He argued that the accused was not nominated in the FIR and the prosecution failed to produce any solid evidence against him. However, the public prosecutor opposed the plea.
After hearing both sides, Additional District and Sessions Judge (central) Rashida Siddiqui allowed the plea and acquitted the accused.
The CID had arrested the accused after a shoot-out in New Karachi on March 28, 2011 and alleged that he was involved in more than 100 cases of targeted killing.