Justice Anwar Khan Kasi of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday accepted the bail application of Qari Imamud Din and Qari Muhammad Arshad, accused of kidnapping the nephew of former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir.
Advocate Sher Afzal Khan, on behalf of both the accused, told the judge that his clients were in the custody of the Inter-Services Intelligence at the time of kidnapping which had incriminated them in the case relying on the confessional statement of another accused.
He contended that the motive behind implicating them in the case was their association with religious seminaries. He said his clients are religious scholars, having no past criminal history and their only crime was that they had friendly relations with Maulana Abdul Aziz, the chief cleric of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid.
The counsel argued that his clients were neither charged in the FIR of kidnapping nor any identification parade was held. The judge, after hearing the arguments, granted bail to Qari Imam and Qari Arshad.
The case of kidnapping of Usman Elahi, nephew of Asma Jahangir, was registered with the Sihala police station of Islamabad on December 3, 2010.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 7th, 2012.
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