SHC reserves verdict on petition of Mirza

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition of former provincial home minister and rebel PPP politician Dr Zulifqar Mirza against withdrawal of his security.

A division bench, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, reserved the verdict to be pronounced during course of the day after hearing arguments from both sides. However, the verdict was not announced till filing of this report.

The petitioner submitted that the provincial government had withdrawn his and family members’ security despite the fact that there were threats to their lives.

He said that his life was in danger as he had rebelled against the PPP cochairman Asif Ali Zardari and disclosed his involvement in corruption cases. He added he had been outspoken in his criticism against Muttahida Quami Movement chief Altaf Hussain, and banned outfits. Therefore, he feared that he or his family members would be killed if security is not provided.

During hearing on Tuesday, Mirza showed up before the bench, submitting that his security and the security of his family members was withdrawn because of his honesty and being truthful about involvement of Zardari in corruption cases. He added that his son is a sitting MPA, whereas his (Mirza’s) wife is also a sitting MNA but their security was also withdrawn. He told the judges that his life was in serious danger because of his enmity with Zardari and Altaf Hussain.

Mirza said that Faryal Talpur MNA travels with police escort comprising 250 police personnel and fifty private guards laced with prohibited bore weapons, adding former home minister Waseem Akhtar and other MQM leaders are also given security. Therefore, he pleaded to the court to order the authorities to provide him and his family adequate security.

Advocate general Sindh submitted a report of SSP Badin, stating that Mirza and his wife were given eight police personnel for their protection. He said that it was responsibility of the state to protect its citizens but there was no specific law that permits provision security to former provincial minister or speaker. To which, Mirza replied that the court was being told lies as he was not given any security.

However, taking to the media men at the premises of the court, he said that he had given statements against the PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari and MQM chief Altaf Hussain, earning their enmity.

Mirza said that earlier he faced death threats from Altaf Hussain and banned outfits, but now his live was in serious danger because of his enmity with Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.

He took potshot at Zardari and Talpur’s role in the party, alleging the Faryal was chief of the staff while Zardari was head of the Sindh province.

Mirza lambasted the PPP leaders, saying they are working on remote controls, without their own thought.

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