SC upholds terrorism charges in Fahad Malik case


The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition filed by Raja Arshad, one of the three murder suspects, to remove terrorism charges from the murder case of British Pakistani Barrister Fahad Malik.

According to a report, the court dismissed the petition hence the trial which is in its final stage shall continue in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) at Islamabad.

British Pakistani Barrister Fahad Malik was murdered on Margalla Road in Islamabad over two years ago.

Fahad Malik’s brother Jawad Malik and his maternal uncle Muhammad Mian Soomro, Federal Minister for Aviation and Privatisation, appeared before the bench of Supreme Court. They informed the court that the trial of Barrister Fahad’s murderers is nearing its conclusion and the last witness is due to be cross-examined now.

Noman Khokhar, Raja Arshad and Hashim Khan are currently in Adiala Jail regarding the murder charges of Fahad Malik. Raja Arshad had approached the Supreme Court for removal of terrorism charges. In December 2016 ATC court judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi accepted a plea from the accused of removing terrorism clauses from the FIR.

Jawad Malik challenged the order and filed a writ petition before the division bench of IHC comprising of Justice Noor-ul-Haq Qureshi and Justice Aamer Farooq, which in July 2018 suspended the ATC order, noting that it required consideration due to infirmities.

On Friday, at the hearing before the SC, Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik repeatedly told the counsel for Raja Arshad Mehmood to argue his case but he insisted on not pressing the petition albeit with some court observations. The lawyer of Raja Arshad decided to withdraw the case, instead of arguing, and hence the case was dismissed as withdrawn.

Jawad Malik, who is leading campaign for justice for his brother, commented: “This means that the trial will continue in the Anti-Terrorism Court, Islamabad, and will not be stopped.”

Two months ago, a group of 20 cross-party British parliamentarians wrote a letter to then chief justice Saqib Nisar, requesting for justice in Briton Pakistani Barrister Fahad Malik’s murder case. The MPs wrote to the Supreme Court after meeting Jawad Malik in London.

The letter was originated by Afzal Khan MP, Labour MP from Manchester, and supported by several other MPs.