Govt files plea for Babar murder case transfer

KARACHI: Sindh government has requested Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice to transfer murder case of TV reporter Wali Khan Babar from Karachi to Shikarpur.

Home department has submitted an application with the SHC chief justice, seeking transfer of the trial to Shikarpur from Karachi in view of threats to the lives of investigators, witnesses and prosecution lawyers.

It was stated in the application that four policemen and advocate Naimat Ali Randhawa representing complainant linked to investigation into Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar’s murder case had been targeted. Hence, home department has requested the SHC chief justice to transfer the case.

Babar was shot dead in Liaquatabad on Jan 13, 2011, when as he was going home from office. The case was assigned to the Special Investigation Unit.

According to police, Rajab Ali, a police informer, was the first victim, whose body was found in a sack on Jan 29, 2011, in Gulshan-i-Iqbal.

The second victim was Constable Asif Rafiq who was killed in a drive-by shooting by two men on a motorcycle on Jan 31, 2011. He had identified the vehicle the attackers had used. He was on the spot at the time of the murder and had noted down its registration number.

Head Constable Arshad Kundi was believed to be the third victim linked to the investigation. He was killed in a drive-by-shooting on March 19, 2011, in Sohrab Goth. On April 7, 2011, a brother of the SHO of Super Market police station, Shafiq Tanoli, was shot dead. Mr Tanoli told reporters that Naveed Khan had been killed to pressurise him.

Police has also arrested five men involved in target killings including Faisal Mehmood, Mohammed Ali Rizvi, Mohammad Shahrukh Khan, Syed Tahir Naveed Shah and Mohammed Shakeel.

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