SHC grants protective bail to Zulfikar Mirza


KARACHI: Sindh High Court on Monday granted a protective bail to former Pakistan Peoples Party leader Zulifqar Mirza in criminal cases registered against him for allegedly attacking a police station and forcing shutdown of markets in Badin district.

A division bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, approved the bail for Mirza, ex-home minister, in sum of Rs100,000 in each case till May 06. The court directed him to appear before it.

The bench also issued a notice to the provincial home secretary, provincial police chief, DIGs of Hyderabad, Karachi East, South and Malir districts; Badin police station’s SHO and others to respond to the application.

Ashraf Samo, the applicant’s counsel, submitted that on May 03, Badin police arrested his backer, Nadeem Mughal, a businessman, and snatched Rs5 million in cash, a car, documents and other belongings from him. However, he was later freed when crowds of people gathered and protested against his arrest.

Subsequently, he stated, Mirza along with his supporters had gone to Model Town police station to register an FIR against the arrest, but the police officials posted there declined to entertain his plea, adding, even they refused to record a statement under section 154 of CrPC, which is violation of the laws.

On the contrary, the counsel claimed that the police officers not only misbehaved with Mirza and used abusive language but they registered four fake cases against him and his supporters under Anti-Terrorism Act.

He said that Mirza was confined to his house at Badin, fearing his arrest and subsequent death at the hands of Rao Anwar, who is the right hand of Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and has been posted as SSP Badin to kill him in an encounter.

Nominating home secretary, provincial police chief, DIGs of Hyderabad, Karachi East, South and Malir districts; Badin police station’s SHO and other officials of the law enforcement agencies as respondent, the counsel pleaded to the court to restrain Badin police from arresting his client until he appears before the relevant court. The court was further requested to restrain the police from registering more cases against Mirza and his supporters.

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