A judicial magistrate discharged a suspect in the murder case of teenage student Jazlan Faisal after he provided an alibi that he was out of the city when the youth was shot dead after a quarrel in a housing society on the Super Highway last month.
Nineteen-year-old Faisal was shot dead and his 20-year-old friend Shah Mir Ali wounded after a quarrel over rash driving on May 25. The suspects — Hasnain, his father Faiz Muhammad, brother Irfan Faiz and Inshal — were produced before Judicial Magistrate (Malir) Furqan Karim.
The investigating officer said Irfan and his friend Inshal are required to be interrogated about the pistol used in the crime, requesting the magistrate to extend their police remand for the purpose. As for Faiz Muhammad, the IO said the suspect placed on record evidence showing that he was in Peshawar when the incident took place. Moreover, he added Faiz was taken into custody to ensure the arrest of his sons.
The officer said the suspect had assured the police that he would help them arrest his son Ahsan, who is the only absconder in the case, pleading that he be discharged under the relevant section of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Approving the IO’s request, the magistrate extended the physical remand of Irfan and Inshal for three days and set free Faiz Muhammad. He sent Hasnain to a juvenile prison. At the previous hearing, Hasnain’s counsel had placed on record his B-form and school certificate showing that he is 16 years old.
An FIR was initially lodged under sections 302 (premeditated murder), 324 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Gadap City police station on the complaint of the deceased victim’s paternal uncle Arif Sabir. However, sections 109 (punishment for abetment) and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) were later incorporated in the case.