ATC allows police to interrogate DSP in Naqeeb case [Dawn News] 21 Mar, 2018

KARACHI: The administrative judge of an antiterrorism court on Tuesday allowed police to grill a deputy superintendent of police, already in detention in the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case, in another case for foisting weapons and explosives on Naqeebullah and others.DSP Qamar Ahmed Shaikh along with nine other policemen has already been remanded to prison for allegedly abducting Naqeebullah for ransom and killing him along with three others in a staged encounter on Jan 13 in a Shah Latif Town locality, while the then SSP Malir Rao Anwar, three former SHOs and 10 others are absconders in the case.The investigating officer, DSP Irfan Zaman, appeared before the administrative judge and submitted that a new case was lodged against the former SSP, DSP and other policemen at Shah Latif police station for foisting pistols and hand grenades on Naqeeb and three other deceased after killing them in a staged shootout.The IO further said that this court had already sent DSP Shaikh to prison in the main case, therefore, he sought a no-objection certificate (NOC) to arrest the confined DSP from the prison to interrogate him in the new case.However, the administrative judge directed the jail authorities to provide necessary access to the IO to interrogate DSP Shaikh inside the prison for two days from sunrise to sunset.Rao Anwar, the then Shah Latif Town SHO Amanullah Marwat, then SHO of the SITE Superhighway police station Annar Khan, then SHO Sohrab Goth Shoaib Shaikh, alias Shoaib Shooter, and other policemen are also shown absconders in the recently registered case.The second case against Rao Anwar and others was lodged around a couple of weeks ago on the complaint of SSP Investigation-II of East Zone, Abid Qaimkhani, who is also the IO in the main case, under Sections 26 (punishment for vexatious recovery and arrest) of Sindh Arms Act, 3/4 of Explosive Substances Act, 1908 read with Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.The main case about the murder of Naqeeb and three other deceased — Mohammad Sabir, Nazar Jan and Mohammad Ishaq — is being tried by ATC-II.Zafir murder caseThe prosecution said that police left many loopholes and lacunas in the final investigation report in a case pertaining to the murder of a college student near Seaview beach, it emerged on Tuesday.The police had submitted the final charge sheet before a judicial magistrate on Monday against prime suspect Khawar Hussain Burney and his accomplices Junaid Shah, Abdul Rehman and two others for allegedly killing 18-year-old Zafir Ahmed Zuberi and wounding his friend on Abdul Sattar Edhi Avenue near Seaview in December last year.Three underage brothers of the prime suspect were also named as accused.After examining the final report, public prosecutor Abdul Qadeer Memon in his scrutiny note observed that the investigating officer Amir Altaf had not charge sheeted three brothers merely on the basis that eyewitnesses did not assign their specific roles during an identification parade though their presence at the crime scene was not denied.Moreover, the IO did not bother to collect the call data record (CDR) of juveniles to verify their presence. They should have been named for the offence of Section 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code and then let the trial court decide their fate, it added.The scrutiny note further said it was surprising that Dr Abdul Rahim, initially believed to be among the suspects, was placed in the list of prosecution witnesses despite the fact that his rifle/shotgun was admittedly used in the offence while the relevant section was also not applied against him over illegal use of the rifle.It maintained that as a witness Dr Rahim may damage the case of prosecution since he was not only present at the crime scene but also the main anchor and instrument for the offence as the offence took place after he was involved in a minor accident with the vehicle of the deceased.The prosecutor further observed that the IO had not lodged a separate case against the owner of a 9mm licensed pistol, another crime weapon used in the offence, under Section 25 of Sindh Arms Act.The investigation report said that Khawar along with his accomplices chased the victims’ Mercedes and opened indiscriminate fire on them after their vehicle had hit motorcyclist Rahim.Published in Dawn, March 21st, 2018 Facebook Count Twitter Share

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