SHC gives ATC two months to conclude Parveen murder case

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ISLAMABAD

Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed an anti-terrorism court (ATC) to conclude Parveen Rehman murder case within two months.

Renowned social worker Rehman was the director of Orangi Pilot Project, her office was located at Qasba Mor in Sector-5A, Orangi Town. She was gunned down in March 2013. She was a vocal activist working against land and water mafia in the city.

The SHC directed an anti-terrorism court (ATC) to wrap up the case instead of hearing the suspects.

During the hearing, the legal branch informed the court that there are 29 witnesses in the case of which 10 have yet to record their statements.

Police officials added, “Witnesses have been sent notices and will be provided security.”

On this, Chief Justice SHC Ahmed Ali Sheikh remarked, “Parveen Rehman was murdered and the case is still going on, lawyers should be aware of good people in society.”

On October 31, police presented Tehreek-i-Taliban member Amjad Hussain, prime suspect in Parveen’s murder case, before the ATC.

Amjad was arrested from Karachi’s Manghopir area last year. According to police, the accused has confessed to Rehman’s murder during the investigation.

Parveen, a media-shy social worker who devoted her life to the development of the impoverished neighbourhoods across the country, was gunned down near her office in Orangi Town on March 13, 2013.

The very next day, police killed a Taliban operative named Qari Bilal in an encounter and claimed he was the murderer, resulting in a closure of the case.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan in April 2014 ordered authorities to conduct a fresh probe into Parveen Rehman’s murder after a judicial inquiry had revealed that police officers had manipulated the investigation.

In 2018, the Sindh government had approved the formation of a new joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the murder of Parveen Rehman.

According to the notification issued by the Sindh government, officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Rangers and intelligence agencies will be part of the eight-member team. The team will complete its investigation, which will also include again questioning arrested suspects, and submit its report in 15 days.

The new JIT was formed at the request of Sindh Inspector-General of Police AD Khowaja.

In 2017, police arrested Amjad Hussain, prime accused in the case. Authorities also managed to nab other suspects, including Imran Swati and Rahim Swati.

According to the police, the accused confessed to Rahman’s murder during the investigation. News Desk

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