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Court suspends order declaring Malik Riaz as PO

By: Khalid Iqbal

RAWALPINDI: Anti Corruption Court (ACC), Rawalpindi Judge Chaudhry Ameer Muhammad Khan on Tuesday suspended for fifteen days – till August 15, 2012 – the order declaring former Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz Hussain a ‘proclaimed offender’ in the land fraud case.

The court suspended orders as Malik Riaz has got protective bail in the case from Sindh High Court (SHC).

Advocate Abdul Basit, the lawyer for Malik Riaz, filed an application in ACC for suspension of orders declaring his client a proclaimed offender. The court accepted the application and suspended the order.

The court also cancelled arrest warrant notice for Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Islamabad, Malik Muhammad Yousaf allegedly involved in creating difficulties in arresting Malik Riaz. The court on Monday had declared Malik Riaz ‘proclaimed offender’ and directed the authorities to present him and other accused in the court on September 3, 2012.

Talking to media persons, Malik Riaz Hussain said he had got protective bail from the SHC but that the ACC declared him ‘proclaimed offender’.

He also said that if he is proved guilty in, what he called, the baseless land fraud case, the court should award him life imprisonment. “If Supreme Court of Pakistan gives protection then my son-in-law would be ready to come to record his statement,” he said.

He said, “I am totally innocent in ‘land fraud’ case but unfortunately not getting justice,” he said adding, “But, I would continue providing evidence against Arslan Iftikhar.”

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