Shahbaz Bhatti’s alleged killer remanded for 7 days


The Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday granted seven-day physical remand of alleged killer of former Federal Minister for minorities affairs Shahbaz Bhatti. The Industrial Area police produced the accused Abid Malik before the ATC Number 2 Rawalpindi and sought his physical remand. The court while accepting the request of police, granted seven days physical remand of the accused.
During the hearing, police told the court that the relatives Shahbaz Bhatti in their supplementary statements have suspected the two men Abid Malik and Zia-ur-Rehman for their involvement in Bhatti murder case. Later both accused fled to Dubai. Police told the court that Abid Malik was nabbed the other day from Lahore airport upon his return from Dubai. The police also apprised the court that the other accused Zia-ur-Rehman has also been arrested by Dubai police and efforts were being made for bringing him back to Islamabad.
State given notice on Anjum Aqeel’s bail plea : Justice Azim Khan Afridi of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued notice to the state on the bail plea filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan.
Khan along with two other co-accused was arrested on December 3, 2011, on refusal of his bail plea by a special judge central under the allegation of causing six billion rupees loss to the National Police Foundation (NPF) during the period of 1997 to 2003 on the account of different agreements with the foundation. Citing the state as respondent, Advocate Tanveer Iqbal, counsel for Khan, submitted before the court that his client was under treatment in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). He said the case against his client was false and baseless who was also suffering from mitral and aortic valve disease and presently admitted in PIMS due to severe pulmonary hypertension and atrial fibrillation.
He stated it is the settled legal proposition that bail is not to be withheld as punishment, adding the object of criminal prosecution is not to punish an accused person for the offence alleged against him but to make him face the trial and answer the criminal charges against him. He informed the court that co-accused Khuda Bakhs and Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmad Khan had already been allowed post-arrest bail by the special judge central.
He prayed to the court to accept his petition and grant his client post-arrest bale till final decision of the case.
Khurram Rasool’s remand extended for another 3 days: Civil Judge Sheikh Muhammad Habib Ullah extended the physical remand for three more days on Tuesday of Mian Khurram Rasool, former media advisor to the Prime Minister.
He is being held for his involvement in the embezzlement of about Rs 1 million.
Mian Khurram Rasool was produced by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials before the court.
The FIA investigators requested the court to extend the physical remand of the accused. On this Judge Muhammad Habib extended the remand and directed the FIA to produce the accused before the court on 16 February, when the case would next be heard. Rasool was accused of fraudulently minting money from intended pilgrims.
The complainant in his application told the FIA that he, along with other 8 people, gave Rasool Rs 9, 45000 (Rs 10, 5000 each) and passports for sending them to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. However, Rasool confiscated the passports of the nine people and did not send them to perform Hajj.


  1. The minorities have been extensively targeted by the extremists in recent years, but there seems to be a change visible, where the people involved in violent activities are now opting for a peace.

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