KARACHI- The Daniel Pearl kidnapping-cum-murder case could not proceed on Thursday as the defence counsel sought adjournment from the court due to the city lawyers’ boycott of courts over the upcoming presidential referendum.
Judge Abdul Ghafoor Memon of the Anti-terrorism Court No 2, who is holding the trial of Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh, the alleged mastermind of the US journalist kidnapping, and three other co-accused inside Central Prison Karachi, adjourned the hearing of the case till Friday.
Abdul Waheed Katpar, counsel for the prime accused, and Khawaja Naveed Ahmed, attorney for accused Fahad Naseem and Adil Shaikh, reached the ATC-2 on Queen’s Road and sought adjournment.
Advocate-General Raja Qureshi, the chief prosecutor in the case, told sources that five prosecution witnesses were available for recording their testimonies.
“I reached the jail at 10:30am so as to proceed with the case, but the judge had already put off the hearing till tomorrow (Friday) at the request of the defence counsel,” he added.