ATC asks for time frame to shift custody of Uzair back in prison


KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court demanded to know as to when the military authorities will shift the custody of Peoples Aman Committee (PAC) chief Uzair Jan Baloch, back to prison.

It had been reported that nearly 62 criminal cases are pending trial in different anti-terrorism courts against Uzair and others.

The ATC-VI judge, who is conducting trial of a case pertaining to kidnapping and murder of a policeman against Uzair and others, sent a letter to the registrar of the provincial home department.

The letter stated that the custody of Uzair was shifted from the Central Prison Karachi to the Army’s Crops-V in Karachi on April 11, 2017, in the presence of the Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate-XI (South) for investigation in an explosives and arms case.

Due to the absence of the accused in 2012, the trail in the court could not proceed. Moreover, according to a report, it stated that the confirmation is required regarding the production of custody of Uzair for hearing. Not only that it was reported that a time limit should be given to the court regarding the shifting of the accused from 5 Crops Karachi to Central Prison Karachi to avoid any further impediment.

The registrar was directed to submit a reply to the letter by the next date of hearing.

Earlier in 2012, Uzair along with Habib Jan Baloch and other PAC leaders is facing trial in connection with kidnapping and murder of a police constable in Kalri.

According to the prosecution, some nine suspects, including Habib Jan Baloch, Uzair Baloch, Zafar Baloch, Fahim Badshah, Adnan, Mushtaq and others nominated in the FIR were involved in the abduction and murder of Constable Raj Mohammad in April 2012.

A case (FIR No. 91/2012) was registered at the Kalri police station under Sections 302 (murder) 365 (kidnapping), 109 (abetment) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 against them on the complaint of ASI Ishtiaque.