SHC seeks comments from AG, PG and complainant


The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday put Sindh Advocate General (AG), Prosecutor General (PG) and the complainant of the Atiqur Rehman murder case on notice for August 11, in a quashment application filed by Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) Chairman Afaq Ahmed.
The single bench of Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi issued the notices to the respondents and directed them to submit their comments on the next hearing. The petitioner had also filed a bail plea in the case.
The Haqiqi chief had moved the application against implication in the killing of Rehman in June 2009 within the limits of Nabi Bux police station. Through his counsel Ilyas Khan Advocate, the applicant pleaded to quash the murder charge against him.
The counsel argued that his client had been in jail since April 2004 and was implicated in a number of new cases as the abettor over the past couple of years at the behest of his rival party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
He contended that Ahmed had been politically victimised through several baseless cases against him even as the prosecution has failed to produce any solid evidence to prove his involvement in any offence in the trial court. He stated that he had only been put on trial in a case registered against him at the Nabi Bux police station, in which the trial court dismissed his bail and acquittal applications.
Praying for the quashment of the case, the counsel said the prosecution had no solid evidences to link Ahmed with the case, which was lodged while the alleged accused was in prison.
Shahzad, the complainant of the murder case against the Haqiqi chief, lodged a case (FIR 222/09) under sections 302 (premeditated murder), 324 (attempted murder), 109 (punishment of abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code. He had stated in the FIR that some Haqiqi activists had killed his brother Rehman in June 2009 at the behest of Ahmed.