No evidence about picking up MQM man: SHC told

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday was informed that there was no evidence to corroborate the allegations of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) that its activist Muhammad Suleman alias Salman, who was allegedly tortured to death, was picked up by law enforcement agencies.

Inquiry team headed by DIG South Abdul Khaliq Sheikh submitted its report in SHC, stating that in light of postmortem conducted by Dr Afzal Ahmed medico-legal officer at Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center, neither body of deceased bore any torture mark nor his death occurred due to torture.

It said that chemical examination report has been received by the Investigation officer which detected no abnormality and ruled out any possibility of torture marks.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar adjourned the hearing of case till March 21, when the counsel for the petitioner requested the court to allow him some time to go through the enquiry report.

MQM lawmaker Syed Asif Hasnain had filed a petition against alleged extra-judicial killing of their party activist.

The petitioner submitted that MQM activist Muhammad Suleman alias Salman along with his nephew Muhammad Noman was on his way to office when the police and Rangers personnel illegally arrested them from Malir River area on February 3. He said that the family of the MQM activist approached the relevant police station and inquired about the detainee, but to no avail.

He said that later, on February 6, the widow of deceased learnt through the media that the body of her husband was found from the Malir River.

The MQM lawmaker said that the deceased was the sole bread earner of his family, but he was extra-judicially killed by the police. He stated that the victim’s family was being warned by police officials of dire consequences if they sought any legal remedy.

He pleaded the court to order registration of a murder case against the additional inspector general, the SSP (east) and inspector Faheem Farooqui. The court was also pleaded to direct provincial government to pay compensation to the victim’s family.

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