Arshad Pappu, a notorious gangster of Lyari, was granted bail in a murder case against a solvent surety of Rs0.4 million here on Monday by the Judicial Complex’s Additional District and Sessions Judge Saghir Ahmed Shaikh.
The cases against Pappu are being tried in jail in view of threats to his security. According to the prosecution in the instant case, he was accused of killing Mama Faizoo, the father of Uzair, in the precincts of Chakiwara police station in 2003, with the help of a number of co-accused, including a man named Waheed. Waheed was admitted to bail earlier.
Pappu, stated to be a drug baron and head of a gang involved in killings, extortion etc, is facing 60 criminal cases. In more than half of them either he has been acquitted or admitted to bail.
ACLC chief summoned in free-will marriage case
A division bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Shahid Anwar Bajwa on Monday put Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) SSP Javed Akbar Riaz, a number of other respondent police officials as well as the Advocate General of Sindh and Prosecutor General Sindh on notice for an unspecified date.
Muhammad Shabbir, a resident of Jokhio Goth, New Race Course Club, filed a petition, maintaining that Riaz, angered by a free-will marriage of a close relative implicated his (petitioners’) two brothers in a false case of car theft.
The petitioner levelled other serious allegations, including the hiring of contract killers etc against the SSP and other police officials.
The petitioner prayed the court to direct the respondent SSP not to implicate the petitioner or any other family member in fake cases and also to order the quashing of two FIRs, Nos. 120 and 245 of 2011.
The petitioner expressed apprehension and a threat to his life. The bench, after hearing the counsel for the petitioner, ordered its office to issue pre-admission notices to the respondents named in the petition as well as the AG and Prosecutor General.
Sumaira and her husband Mushir Ahmed have been allowed to live as per their own free will by a LHC bench in Bahawalpur.
‘Target killer’ remanded till June 4
A judicial magistrate sent an alleged target killer, Muntazir Zaidi, on a police physical remand until June 4.
The police has claimed that Zaidi confessed to the killings of clerics Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Nadeem, Maulana Ahmed Madni and 15 others in Karachi.
The police’s Crime Investigation Department arrested Zaidi last week during a raid and presented him in court on Monday. Raids are also being conducted to arrest Zaidi’s accomplices, according to police officials.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2011.