Bankers kidnapping case: Three convicts get life term


KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday awarded life imprisonment to three convicts in a kidnapping for ransom case.

ATC judge found notorious criminal Rasheed Narejo, Mehboob and Zameer guilty of kidnapping three high profile bankers, including director and deputy director of State Bank of Pakistan, and demanding ransom of Rs 90 million for their safe release.

The court pronounced the verdict after recording the statements of witnesses, evidences and hearing arguments from both sides.

According to the prosecution, the then officials, director SBP Najam-us-Saqib, deputy director SBP Nadeem Burghuri and another banker Asif, had gone missing on 30 May 2011 after having a dinner at a private club. On the very next day, their car was found abandoned near Bin Qasim town in Karachi. Later, their families received call from kidnappers demanding Rs 30 million for the safe release of each abductee.

After founding an abandoned car, the police initiated investigation, checked record and came to know that the car belong to a senior SBP official. After few days of kidnapping, police raided Bin Qasim town in Karachi, arrested a person and found documents of a car which was in use of Najam-us-Saqib, director SBP.

The arrested person helped the police to locate the kidnappers’ whereabouts. The kidnappers included Rasheed Narejo, a notorious criminal, Mehboob and Zameer, and they were arrested in a joint raid conducted by Karachi Police and CPLC on 2 July 2011 in Shah Belo forest in Sukkur.

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