LAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday indicted former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera in Model Town case.
Earlier, Mushtaq Sukhera appeared before ATC-II Judge Ejaz Awan and requested to adjourn the indictment proceedings for a week.
However, the court rejected the request and indicted him in the case. But, Sukhera pleaded not guilty and contended to contest the charges.
At this, the court, adjourning the matter till Oct 10, summoned the prosecution witnesses for recording their statements.
The court had already indicted 115 police officials on a private complaint filed by Idara Minhajul Quran, a sister organization of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), for their trial on charges of killing its workers during the 2014 Model Town incident.
In 2017, the court partially admitted the complaint against 125 officials of police and the district government while rejecting it to the extent of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and 10 others including the then federal and provincial ministers.
Consequently, Jawad Hamid, an official of Minhajul Quran International, filed the appeal challenging the ATC decision for not summoning the said 12 people whereas former IGP Mushtaq Sukhera challenged summons by the trial court before the high court.
In April, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took a Suo Motu notice of the unnecessary delay in the proceedings of the trial court and the high court related the Model Town incident cases. The CJP had ordered the trial court and high court for early disposal of the cases.
On Sept 26, a Lahore High Court full bench dismissed a petition against non-summoning of former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former chief minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and 10 others, by a two-one majority vote.
The bench also dismissed a petition filed by former inspector general of police (IGP) Mushtaq Sukhera against ATC’s order of summoning him. After the decision, Sukhera had approached the ATC.
Two bankers nabbed for Rs.100m fraud
AMMAR AHMED KHAN
BAHAWALPUR: The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has taken into custody two bank officials allegedly involved in Rs. 100m fraud.
According to details the duo [Azhar Nadeem Ansari (operation manager) and Ikramul Haq (ex-operation manager) of the Habib Bank’s Quaid-e-Azam Medical College (QAMC) branch] were nabbed from court premises after their plea for confirmation of bail before the arrest was rejected by the Bahawalpur bench of the Lahore High Court.
Ansari and Ikram were allegedly involved in a case of Rs. 100m embezzlement in the amount of salaries of the employees, including doctors of the Civil Hospital. The ACE had registered an FIR against 11 suspects, including the two bank officials a couple of years ago.
Both officials had got interim bail before arrest while their plea for its confirmation was dismissed by the court after the ACE officials opposed the grant of relief. The ACE officials said they had to recover the allegedly embezzled amount from the bank officials and deposit it with the exchequer.
Terrorism: Military courts finalize cases of 546 accused
RAWALPINDI: Since the establishment of military courts cases of 717 accused terrorists were sent to them by the federal government and out of these 546 cases have been finalized.
According to the details issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday out of the 546 finalized cases, 310 terrorists were awarded death penalty while 234 were awarded rigorous imprisonment of varied duration, ranging from life imprisonment to a minimum duration of five years.
Two accused were also acquitted. Out of 310 sentenced to death, 56 terrorists have been executed after completion of legal process beyond military courts decisions, which included their appeal in superior civil courts and rejection of their mercy petition both by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the President of Pakistan.
Execution of death sentence of the remaining 254 terrorists is pending, completion of the legal process in the higher courts.
Those who have been awarded death penalty included masterminds, executors and abettors/facilitators of, inter alia, following major terrorist incidents:
1. Army Public School (APS) Peshawar attack of 16 December 2014
(five terrorists executed).
2. Marriot Islamabad terrorist attack, September 2008.
3. Parade Lane terrorist attack, December 2009.
4. Attack on Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) office Multan,
5. The terrorist attack on four Special Services Group (SSG) soldiers,
including two officers, April 2009 (one terrorist executed).
6. Attack on ISI office Sukker, November 2010.
7. Bannu Jail Break, April 2012 (one terrorist executed).
8. Mastung Sectarian terrorist attack, April 2012.
9. Killing of Foreigners in Nanga Parbat, June 2013.
10. Terrorist attack on civilian and security officials at
Chalas, August 2013.
11. Terrorist attack on SSP Chaudhary Aslam, January 2014.
12. Karachi Airport attack, June 2014.
13. Terrorists’ attack on Ms Sabin Mehmood, April 2015.
14. Terrorists’ attack Safora Ghot Karachi, May 2015.
15. Bacha Khan University attack, January 2016.
16. Terrorist attack on Amjad Sabri, June 2016.
Fake ‘amil’ makes brothers bury their sister alive!
Ammar Ahmed Khan
TAXILA: On the instructions of a fake faith-healer two brothers killed their mentally sick sister in order to get the house rid of evil.
Shabana, 38, and a resident of Banni Mohallah near Christian Hospital had not been seen since 4th of Dec. Her elder brother, Mohammad Imran, who lives separately, lodged a complaint with the police about his sister’s unexplained disappearance. On Friday, the victim’s mother called her brother, Abdul Lateef, saying she had been locked in a room by her two sons, Mohammad Farhan and Mohammad Kamran, and that she had managed to break out of the room.
Abdul Lateef came to his sister’s aid and also informed his nephew, Mohammad Imran. The victim’s mother told her brother and son that her daughter had been buried alive in the well in the house. Imran then informed the local police about the crime. Rescue 1122 was called to retrieve the body but the operation was abandoned when the oxygen supply was exhausted and it got dark.
Rescue 1122 officer Adeel Ahmed said the operation will resume on Saturday after more oxygen cylinders are brought in. Investigation Officer Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammad Shahzad told media persons that both the suspects were taken into custody. He said the two brothers had confessed to killing their sister on the directives of the local spiritual healer, who had told them that evil forces have descended on her which also affected their family. The spiritual healer had advised they kill her in order to rid the family of evil forces.
A case will be registered against the suspects after the body is recovered. Another case in which a lack of knowledge destroys a life, even consultation with an amateur in the medical field could have prevented such a tragedy.