Rawalpindi: Terror suspect remanded for 7 days
RAWALPINDI: A trial court on Monday handed over an alleged terrorist to police for seven days physical custody in ‘Pir Chanmbal intelligence agencies officials killing’ case. Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi Number Judge 2 Special Rana Masood Akhter granted Police Station (PS) Chohasaidan Shah 7 days physical remand of an alleged terrorist Naheem Zafar son of Zafar Iqbal hails from Mandi Bahauddin. The court also ordered police to reproduce the alleged terrorist before the court on April 15, 2013 for further proceedings.
According to details, Station House Officer (SHO) PS Chohasaidan Shah Inspector Muhammad Nauman, who is also investigating the case, presented the PO Naheem Zafar before ATC 2 amid tight security and demanded 10 days physical remand of the accused pleading that police yet to recover the weapons and obtain further information from the accused about the other accomplices. However, the judge turned down the police plea and awarded only 7 days physical remand of Naheem.
The court ordered police to reproduce the accused before the court on April 15, 2013. Talking to The Nation on phone, SHO Muhammad Nauman informed that police held Naheem Zafar, a proclaimed offender (PO) in Pir Chanbal terrorism case, yesterday (Sunday) from Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport (BBIIAP) upon his arrival from Dubai. He added that police were also raiding at various localities to arrest the other 6 accused in the case. He said that two other terrorists were also being tried by the court of law.
It is pertinent to mention here that at least four intelligence officials were killed on September 12, 2011 in a covert raid on a militant hideout located at Pir Chanbal, the hilly area near Pind Dadan Khan, which is located on the confluence of the border between Jhelum and Chakwal districts. Pakistan Army troops mounted a secret undercover operation after they were tipped off about the presence of suspected terrorists in the Pir Chunbbal shrine on a hilltop.
It was a Military Intelligence–led operation in which four officials were killed, military sources said, identifying three of them as Major Afaq, Hawaldar Nazir Abbas and Naik Fiyyaz. They belonged to MI Punjab 204 Rawalpindi detachment of Jhelum and Chakwal. Later, the law enforcement agencies arrested two terrorists and presented them before court of law. Naheem Zafar was the third terrorist apprehended by police.