Witness turns hostile in Arshad Pappu murder case

KARACHI: A prosecution witness turned hostile before an Anti-Terrorism Court on Saturday when he testified that he had been forced to be a complainant in Arshad Pappu murder case.

Sub-Inspector Malik Riyaz, appeared in court as a prosecution witness and recorded his testimony.

However, six suspects, including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Shahjahan Baloch, Zubair Baloch, Saqib Baloch, Abdul Rehman, Yousif Baloch and Javed Baloch were produced in an armored personnel carrier (APC) before ATC-II Judge under tight security.

According to the prosecution, the alleged Lyari gangster, Arshad Pappu, his brother, Yasir Arafat, and their confidant, Juma Shera, were killed on March 16. Pappu, his brother and their close confidant were picked up from a house in the DHA, and taken to Afshani Gali in Lyari, where they were tortured for over an hour before being beheaded.

A case was registered under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 365 (kidnapping with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 297 (trespassing on burial place, etc), 392 (punishment for robbery), 109 (abetment) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section-7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act at the Kalakot police station.

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