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Police reject MQM allegations of extra-judicial killings

20 February, 2014

KARACHI: The police on Wednesday, while terming allegations of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) regarding extra-judicial killing of its activist false and fabricated, stated before the Sindh High Court (SHC) that the allegations were instituted to cause harassment and put pressure on law enforcement agencies and to derail the Karachi operation.

Provincial law officer Sarwar Khan filed comments of Additional Inspector General Shahid Hayat and other police officials before a division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar during the hearing of a petition filed by MQM lawmaker Syed Asif Hasnain against alleged extra-judicial killing of their party activist.

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

He said that later, on February 6, the widow of deceased learnt through the media that the body of her husband was found from the Malir River.

The MQM lawmaker said that the deceased was the sole bread earner of his family, but he was extra-judicially killed by the police. He stated that the victim's family was being warned by police officials of dire consequences if they sought any legal remedy.

He pleaded the court to order registration of a murder case against the additional inspector general, the SSP (east) and inspector Faheem Farooqui.

In his comments, AIG Shahid Hayat said that an inquiry committee had been constituted to probe the death of the MQM activist under the supervision of the DIG (south). The committee's report is awaited, he said, adding that an FIR 82/2014 under Section 302/34 of the PPC had also been registered at the Shah Latif Town Police Station.

SSP (East) Pir Ali Shah in his comments said that the police neither arrested the MQM activist, nor was he remained in the custody of police. He said that allegation regarding the extra-judicial killing were false and aimed at harassing the police and building pressure on law enforcement agencies in order to unstable them in the Karachi operation.

The two-judge bench issued a notice to the prosecutor general of Sindh to file comments on the petition and adjourned the hearing of case until February 27.

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