SC to take up petition filed by FIA’s assassinated prosecutor Ch Zulfiqar’s son

Apex court moved for expeditious proceeding of murder case

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Supreme Court is taking up the petition filed by son of assassinated FIA special prosecutor, Ch Zulfiqar Ahmed who was killed in Islamabad in 2013. The petitioner Ch Nisar Ali (son of Ch Zulfiqar) has pleaded the court to order the concerned court to complete his father’s murder trial expeditiously by holding day to day proceedings.
The petition is moved by Chaudhry Nisar Ali who has held that his father had been representing the FIA in high profile cases like Benazir murder case, Mumbai attacks and others.
According to the petitioner the Islamabad Special Anti-Terrorism Court No.1 judge who granted bail to a suspect in his father’s murder, Mohammad Abdullah Umer alias Ghulamullah, on Jun 17, 2014 on medical grounds did so without consulting a medical board to examine the suspect’s condition. Ch Zulfiqar was killed by unidentified assailants who shot him 12 times as he left his home in Islamabad, in broad daylight, on May 6, the same day a bail petition of retired Gen Pervez Musharraf – a nominated accused in the case – was fixed for hearing before an anti-terrorism court.
Abdullah Umer, the petition contended, was a dangerous criminal and should not be granted bail before consulting a medical board. On June 15, Ch Nisar Ali had moved a petition before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for the cancellation of bail, but the high court disposed of the case and directed the bail cancellation petition should be moved before the trial court.
The petition contended that prior to granting post-arrest bail, the trial court called for reports from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) and Polyclinic hospital before granting bail, but did not call for any report from the National Institute of Rehabilitation and Medicine (NIRM), where the suspect was receiving medical treatment.
To date, the suspect has not submitted any medical report regarding his nerve conduction study (NCS) or electro myograph (EMG) before the court, holds the petition.
The petitioner has claimed that the suspect, who is the son of a retired colonel, could have his NCS and EMG tests conducted at a Rawalpindi military hospital under surveillance by police, but this had not been done. While granting bail to the suspect, the trial court ignored that the suspect was involved in a number of cases under the Anti Terrorism Act, including the assassination of minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, registered with Industrial Area police, the petition further states.
The petitioner has stated that his father performed his duties with utmost dedication and diligence and it would be injustice if the murder suspect is granted bail without observing the set procedure of the lat. The apex court is likely to take up his petition for hearing today (Monday).

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