Safoora Massacre: FCS Vice Chairman Imprisoned on Judicial Remand

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Tuesday, 27 October 2015 09:48

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court sent three Safoora Goth bus carnage case suspects to prison on judicial remand on Monday and directed the investigating officer to submit an investigation report by the next hearing.

Amid security provided by the Rangers and police, Fishermen Cooperative Society vice chairman Sultan Qamar Siddiqui, his brother Hussain Qamar Siddiqui and Sajid Naeem were produced before the court after the end of their physical remand given to the police.

The three suspects were booked for allegedly facilitating the targeted attack on the bus in which 45 Shia Ismaili community members, including 18 women, were killed. The Pakistan Rangers had detained the FCS vice chairman and other officials for three months in June for an inquiry and they were handed over to police on Sept 15 in the present case. Since then they had been in police custody on physical remand.

Saad Aziz alias Tin Tin, Tahir Hussain Minhas alias Sain, Asad-ur-Rehman alias Malik, Hafiz Nasir alias Yasir and Mohammad Azhar Ishrat alias Majid have been charge-sheeted for allegedly killing the 45 people near Safoora Goth on May 13.

On Monday, the two special public prosecutors, Mohammad Khan Buriro and Mubashir Mirza, who had decided on Oct 20 to dissociate themselves from the case due to security and financial issues, did not turn up.

The police submitted the remand papers in the court through a regular prosecutor.

The judge in charge of the ATC-I, Mohammad Javed Alam, sent them to prison on judicial remand till Nov 9.

Earlier on Oct 17, the counterterrorism department of police informed an ATC that they had detained for three months two suspects from a business community for allegedly financing the deadly attack.Earlier, the Rangers had informed an ATC that there was credible information about his involvement in terror-related offences.

The same court remanded a local office-bearer of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement to prison in illicit weapons and explosive material cases.

After the end of his physical remand, head of the MQM’s Landhi sector Ruknuddin, who had been picked up by the Rangers in July, was produced before the court on Monday.

The police said the Rangers handed over his custody to them on Oct 10 and two cases were lodged against him as he allegedly led the law enforcers to the recovery of the explosive substances and unlicensed weapons dumped in an isolated plot in the Sharafi Goth area.

The judge sent him to prison on 14-day judicial remand, while directing the investigating officer to file investigation reports till next hearing.

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