Omar, others to move SC against SHC verdict
KARACHI- All the four accused in Daniel Pearl Murder case signed Vakalatnamas on Thursday for filing appeal in Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan against the Sindh High Court (SHC) judgment of April 30.
The SHC, on an application moved by AG Sindh Raja Qureshi, had transferred the case from the Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) headed by Abdul Ghafoor Memon to the ATC headed by Judge Syed Ali Ashraf Shah. The bench also changed the venue of trial from Central Prison Karachi to Central Jail Hyderabad.
The defence side obtained a certified copy of the order of the SHC and appeal against the order would be filed at the principal seat of the apex court in Islamabad on Friday. Former judge of Lahore High Court K M Samdani would plead the appeal on behalf of the accused in the Supreme Court.
Abdul Waheed Katpar and Syed Mohsin Imam, counsel for Omar Sheikh said that authorities of Karachi jail got the Vakalatnamas signed by the accused. They, however, did not get the affidavits of the accused singed by them. “This manifests mala fide intention on the part of jail authorities who are unnecessarily taking side of the prosecution,” they added. They said the ATC, headed by Abdul Ghafoor Memon, adjourned the hearing till May 6 before the judgment of the SHC while the SHC had fixed May 3 for further proceedings in this case. “We will go to Hyderabad on Friday and request the court to put off hearing till May 6, 2002 because we are busy before that date,” the counsel said. Other defence counsel, Rai Bashir Ahmad from Lahore, would also attend the court on Friday.
Source: The News