Karachi: 3 LJ activists indicted
KARACHI: An anti–terrorism court (ATC) on Monday indicted three activists of the banned Lashkar-e–Jhangvi (LJ) in the murder case of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA Raza Haider. The police had arrested Mohammad Waseem Ahmed, Hafiz Iftikhar Pervez and Mohammad Abdullah in August 2010, claiming their involvement in the murder. However, the three men denied the prosecution’s charges. Raza Haider and his security guard, constable Khalid Khan, were killed in Nazimabad on August 2, 2010, where the MPA was attending the funeral of his friend’s mother.
Over 100 people were killed in the violence that erupted following Haider’s assassination.
According to the prosecution, the defendants, who were also involved in other criminal cases, killed the MPA because he belonged to the Shia sect.
The ATC, headed by Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso, after indicting the defendants, directed the special public prosecutor to produce the prosecution’s witnesses before the court on July 2.