Mirza’s plea: SHC to induct IGP, other police officials on 25 Nov

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday rejected unconditional apology of 14 police inspectors and Inspector General Police (IGP) Ghulam Haider Jamali and former Additional IGP Ghulam Qadir Thebo in a contempt of court case and decided that they will be indicted on 25th November.

A SHC bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was hearing the petition filed by former home minister Zulfiqar Mirza, seeking court’s contempt proceeding against top cops of the province for besieging SHC and beating his guards and journalists on 23rd May 2015.

The court directed Chief Secretary of the Sindh to appear in the next hearing with record and tell the court as to what action has been taken against the officers involved in contempt of the court.

The armed masked personnel had besieged the SHC during Dr Mirza’s presence in an apparent bid to arrest him. The personnel had subjected to torture the private guards of Dr Mirza and several media persons at the main gate of SHC on 23rd May this year. The personnel had also smashed parked vehicles and cameras from journalist.

According to the court’s order, IGP Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali, then Additional IGP Karachi, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, SSP captain retired Mohammad Asad, Incharge Special Investigation Unit Major retired Saleem and other top police officers had submitted unconditional apology to the court, but all of them were rejected by the bench. The court’s order went on to say that all of the police officers will be indicted on the next hearing of the case which is scheduled on 25th November.