ATC asks for original JIT report in teenager’s encounter case
KARACHI: An Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) has directed Sindh Home Secretary to submit the original investigation report of a joint investigation team constituted to probe the murder of teenager Intizar Ahmed in a planned encounter in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) in 2018.
Nineteen-year-old Intizar, who was then studying in Malaysia, had returned to Pakistan on holidays and was traveling in his car with a female friend Madiha Kayani when policemen in plain clothes chased after him and shot him dead in DHA when he failed to see the police signal and stop.
Nine officials of the Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC), including the then station house officer Tariq Mehmood, inspectors Azhar Ahsan and Tariq Raheem, head constables Shahid Usman and Ghulam Abbas, and constables Ghulam Abbas, Fawad Khan, Mohammad Daniyal and Bilal Rasheed were booked for the killing.
Kayani, who had managed to escape unhurt in a rickshaw, later in a video narrated the incident and appealed the Rangers and law enforcement agencies for provide her security.
On Monday, when the matter came up before the ATC-VII judge, who is conducting the trial inside the Central Prison Karachi, state prosecutor moved an application requesting the court to order the authorities concerned to produce the original report of a joint investigation team, along with a CD and USB containing other evidences.
The judge issued notice of the application to the defence counsel, who gave no objection to the prosecutor’s request.
While granting the application, the judge directed its office to issue a letter to the Sindh Home Secretary to produce original JIT report, CD and USB in the court on the next date of hearing.
The judge also fixed the matter on September 10 for hearing final arguments of the defence counsel.
Initially, Intizar’s killing was termed an act of targeted killing by the police but after a few days, it transpired that ACLC officials were involved in it.
Originally the investigating officer of the case had charge-sheeted nine officials as accused persons, but later, the IO had let off HC Ghulam Abbas saying he was not present at the crime scene, however. the court took cognizance and also initiated his trial.
Another ATC holding trial at Judicial Complex inside Central Prison Karachi on Monday awarded death sentence to an accused Kifayatullah for killing an under trial prisoner Khushdil Khan in district courts Malir premises to avenge murder of his own son.
The court found Kifayatullah guilty of killing 25-year-old Khushdil Khan on suspicion of murdering his son, Ahsan Ali, in Malir in December in 2016.
The judge of ATC-XVI judge pronounced his verdict which had earlier been reserved after recording evidence and final arguments from both sides.
The judge held that the prosecution had proved the case against the 60-year-old accused beyond an iota of doubt.
“The accused has murdered a UTP, in the court premises, hence deserves no leniency,” the judge ruled.
He also ordered the convict to pay Rs0.2 million as compensation to the legal heirs of the victim or undergo simple imprisonment for six months on default to payment.
Separately, the accused was awarded 10-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs30,000 for possessing an illicit weapon used in the commissioning of the offence.
On default to payment, the convict would have to undergo three month imprisonment.
The judge ruled that the direct evidence of the complainant, police officials and an under trial prisoner, who was handcuffed along with the victim Khushdil at the time of the incident corroborated the medical evidence arrest of accused from the spot along with the crime weapon, spent empties as well as footage of the CCTV camera.
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