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Police fail to bring minister’s servant and the abducted girl to court

By: Rizwan Shehzad

KARACHI: The police failed to produce a minister’s servant, accused of abducting a teenage girl and then forcing her to convert to Islam, to the court on Wednesday.

The case was fixed for hearing on Wednesday before the 13th judicial magistrate, South, Hatim Aziz Solangi, but the police failed to present the couple. Khursheed Bibi, the girl’s mother, filed the case against her former tenant, Ghazi, for abducting her daughter, along with cash and other valuables.

The family was facing problems registering the case and they finally succeeded on December 22, last year. The Boat Basin police filed FIR No. 644/12, under section 365-B.

During the hearing on January 11, the investigating officer, Ghaffar Khan, told the court that he cannot raid a minister’s house to arrest the suspect. The magistrate had expressed his annoyance over the issue and directed Khan to produce the couple on Wednesday.

When Solangi took up the case on Wednesday, Khan told him that he failed to bring the couple because he was too busy in Shahzeb Khan’s case, according to Khursheed Bibi’s counsel Amir Jameel Virk.

Shahzeb Khan, 20, was gunned down allegedly by Sikander Jatoi’s son, Shahrukh Jatoi, on December 25 and both these cases were registered with the Boat Basin police.

Meanwhile, Ghazi’s lawyer told the court that the couple was produced in court on Tuesday but they were not heard. Solangi asked him under which law he had brought the couple when the hearing was fixed for January 16.

The judge directed the investigating officer to submit an interim charge sheet within 24 hours even if he fails to arrest the suspect as the standard time limit in which the charge sheet should have been submitted has already exceeded.

The officer was bound to submit the charge sheet under section 512 (record of evidence in absence of accused) of the Criminal Procedure Code on January 17.

The Express Tribune