Lahore: 3 accused in doctor’s murder case acquitted
LAHORE: Additional District and Sessions Judge Arif Hameed Sheikh on Saturday acquitted banned outfit Harkatul Mujahideen–Al–Islami’s trio Major (retd) Haroon Rasheed, Muhammad Nawaz Khan and Waheed Rasheed, accused of murdering Shaikh Zayed Hospital Administrator Dr Abdul Saboor Malik.
The court has released the aforementioned accused after the prosecution witnesses resiled from their statements. Witnesses, including Abdul Faisal who is also the complainant of the case and Abid Saleem stated before the court that the trio was not actual accused.
According the case, Shaikh Zayed Hospital Administrator Dr Abdul Saboor Malik, 43, was gunned down by three unidentified armed assailants near his Model Town C-Block residence. He was taken to Shaikh Zayed Hospital by the Rescue 1122 officials where doctors pronounced him dead.
Later, Model Town division police investigated the case, revealing that banned religious organization Harkatul Mujahideen–Al–Islami claimed that they had killed Saboor due to his affiliation with the Ahmadi community. However, the wife of victim doctor and Ahmadi community denied that Dr Saboor had any link with the said community.
Later, Rawalpindi Motorway police intercepted ex-Major Haroon Rasheed along with his associate Talib when they were allegedly shifting a local abducted businessman to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Upon Rasheed’s confession, four more people, Basit, Salman, Nawaz and Rasheed were arrested in Karachi.
Police alleged the accused were the main members of the said banned organization. The accused while recording their statements before the police said they planned to abduct the doctor and murder him after receiving a handsome ransom, but failure in abducting him had led to a direct murder. They alleged Saboor belonged to the Ahmadi community, which sparked their enmity with him.
It is said that leader of the arrested persons was Ilyas Kashmiri who is allegedly running a brigade of Harkatul Mujahideen–Al–Islami, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda. There are also allegations against Kashmiri that he was involved in kidnapping people from across the country to support the militant activists waging jihad against the security forces.
However, security forces in June 2011 had claimed that Ilyas Kashmiri was no more as he was killed in drone attack by the US.
Before being shifted to Kot Lakhpat Jail, Haroon and others were in Adiala Jail for their alleged involvement in the murders of Major General (retd) Ameer Faisal Alvi, his driver and a passer-by in 2008.
It is pertinent to mention that Sindh Home Department on February 27, 2012 in a communiqué had requested the home department of Punjab for Haroon’s transfer from Punjab to Sindh over fears that he could be released.
Moreover, Interior Minister Rehman Malik during his briefing in the Sindh Assembly had confirmed Haroon’s contacts with Al–Qaeda. In Sindh, Haroon is an accused in noted businessman and filmmaker Satish Anand’s kidnapping case. Haroon had left Pakistan Army in 2002 as he had conflicts with the policies of former dictator Pervez Mushraf over Pak-US relations.