Karachi: LJ city chief remanded in CID custody till 22nd
KARACHI: An alleged target killer and city chief of the banned Lashkar–e–Jhangvi (LJ), Hafiz Qasim Rasheed alias Ganja, was remanded on Thursday in the custody of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) till October 22. The arrest of the accused had been disclosed a day earlier at a press conference addressed by CID Sindh Additional IG Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh. The authorities had announced a Rs500,000 bounty on him. The judge was informed that the LJ leader was involved in the target killing of more than 200 citizens. He was also allegedly involved in police encounters, possession of illegal arms and other crimes.
The investigation officer further claimed that the accused had made many disclosures and it was imperative to make further investigations. The court allowed physical remand in the case.
The additional IG had told the press conference that as prisoners held for heinous crimes were no longer awarded the death penalty under the government’s policy, terrorists were taking advantage of the situation. He pointed out that the conviction rate had declined since 2007.
“This is why activists of banned outfits are operating without any fear and targeting citizens.”
The senior police official thought that the lack of a witness protection programme was also a reason behind the low conviction rate. He disclosed that 30 to 35 associates of Rasheed still on the loose in the city. He held out the assurance that they would be arrested soon.