Five arrested in killing of ATC Swat judge

Tariq Saeed

As the Police Monday arrested five suspects in connection with the brutal killing of ATC Swat judge and his other family members, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Latif Afridi and his son are among the five people nominated in the First Information Report (FIR).

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Aftab Afridi, it may be recalled, was brutally gunned down along with wife Bibi Zainab, daughter-in-law Kiran and three-year-old grandson Mohammad Sanan by unknown assailants near Ambaar inter change of M1 motorway while he was travelling to Islamabad from Peshawar on Sunday late night. His driver sustained critical injuries.

The Police have registered the FIR) of the assassination of the ATC) judge with his three family members on the complaint of the judge’s son at Chota Lahore police station in Swabi District.

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Latif Afridi, Jamil, Danish Afridi, Jamal Afridi, and Abid Muhammad Shafiq have been named in the FIR.

More over four unidentified accused have also been included in the FIR.

The FIR, registered on the complaint of the judge’s son Majid Afridi stated that the judge was returning to Islamabad after attending a wedding in Peshawar when he came under attack.

According to the FIR, the judge’s daughter-in-law was also six months pregnant and the suspects opened fire on the vehicle near the Swabi interchange.

The case was registered under sections 302 (murder or Qatle-e-Amd), 324 (attempted murder), 148 (armed with deadly weapon), 149, 109 (abetment), 427 (damage to property), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging their duty) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code, read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The District Police officer (DPO) Swabi said a joint police team conducted raids in Peshawar and Khyber districts and arrested five suspects. Two vehicles mentioned in the FIR were also recovered from their possession.

The DPO said the slain judge’s son Majid Afridi will have a look at the arrested suspects during an identification parade to confirm whether they were involved in the murder of his father and other family members.

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