SHC seeks comments in MQM activist’s ‘extra-judicial killing’

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed secretary interior, home secretary, provincial chiefs of police and rangers and other police officials to furnish comments on a petition of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) against alleged extrajudicial killing of its activist.

MQM lawmaker Syed Asif Hasnain filed the petition in SHC, naming interior secretary, home secretary, provincial police chief, director general rangers, additional inspector general Shahid Hayat, SSP East and Korangi, and other police officials as respondents.

Two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar issued notices to respondents and provincial law officer. The bench restrained police officials from harassing the deceased MQM activist’s family. It adjourned the hearing of case till February 19.

The petitioner submitted that MQM activist Muhammad Suleman alias Salman with his nephew Muhammad Noman was on his way to office, when police and rangers personnel illegally arrested them from Malir River on 3 February 2013. He said that family of MQM activists approached the relevant police station and inquired about detainee but to no avail.

He said that later on 6 February, the widow of deceased got information through a newspaper that the body of her husband was found from Malir River.

MQM lawmaker said that deceased was sole bread earner of his family but he was extra-judicially killed by police. He stated that deceased’s family was being harassed by police officials of dire consequences if they sought any legal remedy against them.

He pleaded the court to order registration of murder case against additional inspector general of police Shahid Hayat, SSP East and inspector Faheem Farooqui. The court was also requested to restrain police officials from harassing family of deceased MQM activist.