Lawyer’s murder case: SHC summons Shaheed Benazirabad SP

KARACHI: Taking notice of the failure of the police to round up the suspects involved in the murder of Sindh Bar Council’s former vice chairman, Sindh High Court has summoned Shaheed Benazirabad district’s senior superintendent of police to explain efforts made to arrest the culprits.

Advocate Ali Mohammad Dahri was murdered on April 28, 2011 over what is believed to have been an old enmity. Following the killing, Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) had passed a resolution, requesting the chief justice to take notice of the incident and direct the law enforcers to arrest the culprits behind the murder.

The Chief Justice converted the resolution into a constitutional petition, asking DIG Sanaullah Abbasi to superintend the investigation into the murder of lawyer.

Counsel for the petitioner told the judges that over three years had passed but the accused were still at large. He claimed that the police was arresting the suspects deliberately because of their affiliation with Sindh chapter of the ruling political party. He added unless the absconding accused are arrested and brought to the book, the death case pending before the trial court will not proceed.

A division bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, observed that the concerned police officer had filed no progress report despite court’s specific directions. The judges became visibly irked over the absence of the police officers to appraise court as to what steps were taken to arrest the accused persons.

The bench ruled, “Let a detailed report be furnished by Shaheed Benazirabad’s SSP on the next hearing, showing all efforts which have been made to arrest the accused persons. Whereas the SSP concerned shall also be in attendance and explain his position as to why specific orders of the court have not been complied with.”

The hearing of the case was adjourned till February 26.

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