SHC grants transitory protective bail to Mahar

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday granted transitory protective bail to Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) lawmaker Ghous Bux Mahar in a Jirga case that took place in Shikarpur district.

SHC Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, who headed the bench, allowed PML-F lawmaker transitory protective bail in sum of Rs500,000 till 10 April 2014. The court directed him to surrender before trial court and join investigation.

The court made it clear that the protective bail shall cease to have effect on April 10 after court hours or on any earlier date when applicant may surrender before the trial court.

PML-F lawmaker Ghous Bux Mahar represented by advocate Abdul Hafeez Pirzada requested the court to give transitory protective bail to enable him to surrender before the trial court and join investigation.

Pirzada submitted that Supreme Court had taken the cognizance of incident as recorded in FIR regarding Jirga, however, no order for arrest of the applicant or anybody else in case were issued by the apex court.

The nine accused already had been given protective bails by the high court till March 31, which included Hadi Bux Jagirani, Ali Mohammad, Abdul Shakoor Jagirani, Haji Mushtaq Mahar, Nawab Ali Mahar, Khalil Mahar, Mohammad Malook, Mehboob Ali Mahar and Syed Nadir Shah.

Ghous Bux Mahar, and 10 others accused were nominated in case for holding the so-called illegal court registered at Lakhi Ghulam Shah police, Shikarpur,.

According to media reports, a jirga held in Wazirabad found some Jagirani tribesmen guilty of having illicit relationships with two girls of the Mahar tribe in a karo-kari (honour killing) case.

The jirga, which was held reportedly under the supervision of the PML-F lawmaker, imposed a fine of Rs2.4 million on Jagiranis payable to the Mahars.

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