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SHC seeks media transcripts on arrest of suspect

Jamal Khurshid

Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed the counsel of the missing Karachi Water and Sewerage Board’s accounts officer, who had been linked with the assassination of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s leader Dr Imran Farooq on September 16 last year in London, to produce transcripts of media recordings aired by TV channels regarding the arrest of the missing suspect.

The court was hearing the petition of Beena Khalid, who submitted that her husband, Khalid Shamim 37, an employee of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, was allegedly taken away by the law-enforcement agencies from the Malir Halt area on January 6 and his whereabouts were not known since then.

Federal and provincial law enforcement agencies, however, have denied arrest or detention of the Khalid Shamim and police officers investigating the case said that efforts were being made to recover the detainee and in this regard a joint investigation team has been constituted which was looking into the matter.

The petitioner’s counsel, filing a miscellaneous application before the court, submitted that as per media reports, the petitioner’s wife was taken into custody by the law enforcement agencies at Karachi airport in August along with other suspect in connection of assassination of MQM leader Imran Farooq in London and the LEAs were not disclosing the whereabouts of the detainee.

The SHC’s division bench, headed by the Chief Justice, directed the petitioner’s counsel to prepare transcripts of media recordings that has been aired in some TV channels and place it on record as well as provide copies of the same to Additional Advocate-General within three days so that a report could be sent to the Joint Investigation Team for further probe.

The SSP, East, earlier filing a progress report of the case submitted that the petitioner’s husband belonged to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (A) and was involved in a murder case registered at Model Colony police station. He said that the investigation officer of the case approached FIA immigration for collecting Khalid’s travel record, who had been traveling abroad frequently over the last couple of years. The report said that the investigation officer also sent a letter to manager of Sri Lankan airlines for getting the travel record of Khalid Shamim and that a reply was awaited.

The Additional Advocate-General had pointed out to the court that petitioner had made false statement before the authority that no case was registered against her husband and he did not travel abroad ever. He submitted that after the inquiry it had transpired that Khalid used to travel abroad frequently and had been booked in murder case. He said that the petitioner’s husband might have gone underground or may still be abroad to escape any liability in the criminal case.

In another missing person case, the court issued notices to Rangers, the IG, Sindh, and others on petition against illegal detention of a man by the Rangers.

Petitioner Sarwat Jehan submitted that her husband Syed Tariq Mustufa was taken by the Rangers personnel from their house in Surjani Town area on September 22 without charge. She said that police was not entertaining the complaint regarding detention of her husband and prayed court to direct Rangers and police to produce the detainee before the court and provide the list of cases, if any.

SSP told to file report on missing girl: The Sindh High Court directed the SSP, Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) to file a report regarding recovery of a five years old missing girl.

Abdul Haleem submitted that his daughter was kidnapped from Sharafi Goth on April 7 outside his house and her whereabouts were not known. He submitted that police were not making efforts for recovery of a girl despite registration of the FIR. The petitioner’s counsel submitted that police traced out the calls from which the ransom demand was made but did not interrogate the holder of the cell phone number holder who is presently in prison.

The SHC’s division bench, headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed, after hearing the case, directed the SSP, AVCC, to submit the report regarding recovery of the girl and investigation of the case.
Source: The News