KARACHI, Dec 14: The senior civil judge and judicial magistrate, west, Shafiqullah M. Hassan, directed investigation officer to submit a final charge-sheet in a double murder case within three days.
According to the prosecution, Kashif Ali Khan, a bank manager, and his wife Mehwish were found shot dead in their house in Taisar Town on Nov 21 in Surjani Town police limits. The couple had got married 10 months ago. A suicide note saying, “We are killing ourselves on our own” and a TT pistol were also found from the scene.
Sub-inspector Ghulam Akbar Narejo submitted an interim charge-sheet in court on Friday. He stated that Asadullah had recorded his confessional statements during interrogation and admitted to having killed the couple.
The charge-sheet holds Asadullah’s wife Rashida equally responsible for the murders. An unlicensed TT pistol was recovered from the possession of the accused while the involvement of Kaleem and Shakila had not been confirmed yet.
According to the confessional statement, Kashif and Asadullah became friends when the latter was posted as a security guard at the bank. Kashif had helped Asadullah in his marriage around 15 months ago in his hometown in Multan, but his wife was too young at the time of their marriage and the couple decided not to have a baby for some time. A few months later the suspect came to know that his wife was pregnant. When he asked her about it, she said she had once gone to Kashif’s home to see his wife Mehwish who was not at home then. She said Kashif taking advantage of the situation raped her, added the statement.
It stated that Asadullah had promised her to take her revenge. For this purpose, Asadullah along with his wife Rashida, sister-in-law Shakila and younger brother Kaleem reached the victims’ house on Nov 21.
They made the couple drink milk laced with heavy tranquillizers. The suspect first shot dead Kashif and then Mehwish. They later tried to make the double murder look like a suicide by placing a suicide note on the body of Kashif, it added.
Surjani Town police had registered a case (FIR No 384/07) of murder on the behalf of the state when the relatives of the deceased refused to lodge a case.
On Nov 27, police booked three suspects, a private security guard, Asadullah, son of Abdullah, his wife Rashida and sister-in-law Shakila for their alleged involvement in the double murder. They were remanded to jail custody. Kaleem, the fourth suspect in the case, is still at large.
The court put off the hearing to Dec 27.
The judicial magistrate, Central, Khadim Hussein Chand, on Friday, adjourned the hearing of a fraud case against civil rights campaigner, Mohammad Iqbal Kazmi, till Dec 29.
The investigation officer, Assistant Sub-inspector Syed Zulfiqar Ali, has eventually, submitted a charge-sheet, which said that the accused Mohammad Iqbal Kazmi had obtained four cars on rent from Mohammad Iqbal, son of Mohammad Ikram, a manager of a private rent-a-car company at Rs24,000 a month.
According to the complainant, the accused had hired four cars. Mr Iqbal alleged that Mr Kazmi neither paid the rent nor returned the last car (ATM 242). The case (FIR-98/07) was registered by the police on the complaint of Mohammad Iqbal on Aug 22.
Earlier, the court had issued show-cause notices to the IO on different dates to submit a complete charge-sheet against the accused. A copy of the case was provided to the accused and the court would indict him on the next date of hearing.
ASI Zulfiqar Ali, Inspector Shahnawaz Memon, ASI Ali Ghour, Constable Kamal Nasir, Mohammad Iqbal, Javaid Akthar, Mumtaz, Azeem Akthar and Sher Khan will testify as prosecution witnesses in the case.