ATC grants bail to suspect in police official’s murder case – Reuters
PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court has granted bail to a man arrested in connection with the targeted killing of a police inspector in May this year.
He accepted the plea of suspect Mehfooz, a resident of Surezai area in Peshawar, on the condition of providing two sureties of Rs 100,000 each.
The deceased Inspector Sahar Gul was killed on Kohat Road here on May 25, 2022, while on his way to work with his son and nephew.
The murder case was registered at the counter-terrorism department police station under Sections 302, 353 and 324 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
The suspect Mehfooz was arrested by the police accusing him of having links with a terrorist organization.
The claimant’s lawyer, Shabbir Hussain Gigyani, claimed there was no evidence that his client had committed any wrongdoing and that he had been falsely implicated in the case.
He argued that the investigator had collected no evidence showing his client’s connection to a terrorist organization or to the commission of the police officer’s murder.
The lawyer argued that, on the basis of assumptions and allegations alone, the applicant could not be kept behind bars.
Meanwhile, the court also granted bail to a man arrested for killing a police officer and his driver in the Jamrud area of the Khyber tribal district last year.
He ordered the suspect, Junaid, a resident of Jamrud, to produce two bonds of Rs 200,000 each to avail himself of bail.
The deceased policeman, Kalimullah, and his driver, Andaz Gul, were shot dead in a car by terrorists, who were riding a motorbike, in the Jamrud area.
The case was registered at the CTD police station under different provisions of the Pakistani Penal Code and Anti-Terrorism Act.
The suspect was taken into custody using intelligence reports and the geo-fencing of the area. He was officially named in the double murder case by the CTD.
The applicant’s lawyer claimed that his client was a “missing person” because he remained illegally detained by law enforcement for many months.
He added that the petitioner was later implicated in the murder case, but there was no evidence of his involvement in the crime.
The lawyer stated that the applicant was not linked to any terrorist organization.
Posted in Dawn, September 4, 2022