Lack of Evidence: Elites Get Away with Murder
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Friday acquitted an MNA of the Pakistan Peoples Party and two others in a case pertaining to the murder of a policeman.
Shahjehan Baloch, who won a seat in the 2013 general elections in Lyari, Amin Buledi and Ramzan, alias Ramzani, the alleged gangsters of Lyari, had been charged with attacking a police party during an operation in Lyari in April-May 2012 that had left head constable Altaf and some passers-by dead and many wounded.
The judge of the ATC-VII, Akhlaq Hussain Larak, who conducted the trial inside the central prison, exonerated the accused for lack of evidence.
The prosecution examined many witnesses during the trial, including head constable Naveed Ahmed and constable Amir Baig, who were the eyewitnesses and among the wounded.
However, none of them had identified the accused as assailants before the court.
According to the prosecution, the leaders and activists of the banned Peoples Aman Committee and Lyari gang warfare had carried out many attacks on police with modern weapons, rocket launchers and hand grenades during the operation.
A case was registered at the Baghdadi police station and the head of the banned group, Uzair Jan Baloch, who is currently in custody of the Rangers under 90-day preventive detention, and others, were declared proclaimed offenders in the case.
The police had registered around 35 cases against Uzair and other leaders and activists of the banned Aman Committee for allegedly attacking the law enforcement agencies during the operation.
Meanwhile, defence lawyer Mushtaq Ahmed said that Shahjehan Baloch had so far been acquitted in four cases and two more cases were pending against him, including the Arshad Pappu murder case.
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