CJP takes notice of Fahad Malik case

Islamabad—Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has taken notice of the killing of Barrister Fahad Malik on August 15 in Islamabad. The notice was taken on a note of Registrar containing the details of incident of firing in which Barrister Fahad Malik was killed.
It further stated that the incident could have been averted if the vehicles had been checked and searched properly by the Islamabad Police before the commission of crime. Moreover, when the police saw that the two parties were antagonistic towards each other, they should have anticipated breach of peace and should have taken all precautionary measures in order to avoid a clash between them, it added. On account of the lethargic attitude of the Police department, the Registrar’s note stated that one of the accused has initially succeeded in obtaining interim bail from the court of District & Sessions Judge, Islamabad which has now been cancelled and the accused has been handed over to Police on physical remand.
The lack of proper security arrangements by the administration constitutes violation of fundamental right to life and liberty which has been guaranteed under Article 9 of the Constitution. Taking notice of the issue, the Chief Justice has called a report from Inspector General of Police, Islamabad within one week.
Meanwhile, Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad on Wednesday granted five-day physical remand of accused Noman Khokhar alias Nomi Khokhar who is being trialed in Barrister Fahad Malik murder case, the nephew of former Chairman Senate Muhammadmian Somroo.
Security was tightened when Shalimar police station Islamabad presented the accused before ATC court after completion of his three-day physical remand.
The ATC also expressed anger for not presenting the medical report of Noman Khokhar in the court and ordered the police to submit the same on September 1 (Thursday). However, the court adjourned the case hearing till September 5.
It is to mention that prime suspect in Fahad Malik murder case, Noman Khokhar was arrested by Shalimar Police on August 27, 2016 after cancellation of his bail. —APP

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