SC wants report on threatening calls in Parween Rehman case

Directs AAG to present report by the next hearing in April


Our Correspondent March 06, 2019
Social Activist Parween Rehman. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar to present a report against threatening calls made to members of the Orangi Project.

A three-bench headed by Justice Azmat Saeed passed these orders while hearing the Parween Rehman murder case.

During the hearing, Justice Saeed asked the additional attorney general whether a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was formed and whether any progress pertaining to case inquiry was made.

In response, Khokar said a JIT was formed and the investigation was underway. On the other side, advocate Faisal Siddiqui informed the court the main counsel of the case Raheel Kamran could not turn up for hearing owing to poor health.

The additional attorney general termed the order of the last hearing as important as the court had asked authorities to trace people behind threat calls against project members.

All concerned institutions have given their reports while 22 calls have been traced.

“The report pertaining to threat calls was received in the morning today but I could not submit it here at the court,” he said, after which the court asked him to present a report by the next hearing in April.

NICL case

Meanwhile, the top court has summoned the Prosecutor General of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and main accused of NICL scam Mohsin Habib on the next date of hearing.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, heard the case regarding loss of billions of rupees of exchequer case by National Insurance Compant Ltd (NICL).

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During the proceedings, Justice Ahmed asked why Mohsin Habib has not been arrested in such an enormous case. “He is roaming with ease,” he added.

The NAB prosecutor replied the he was previously summoned but the main suspect was in Lahore at that time. To this, Justice Ahmed responded "NAB must have served him cake and tea then."

The NAB prosecutor explained it was the court's decision to not arrest Mohsin Habib. On this point, Justice Ahmed stated the top court had ordered to do so only for a couple of days. He remarked that everything seems wrong with NAB.

“Why does NAB seem afraid of handling cases involving influential people,” he asked observing that corrupt people had emptied the country and no one was putting hands on them.

Later, the top court adjourned the hearing of the case until next week.

Shaukat Aziz’s appeal

Also on Wednesday, the Supreme Court adjourned hearing of s case filed by former judge of Islamabad High Court (IHC) Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui against objections of the SC Registrar Office till date in office.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the appeal in his chamber and adjourned hearing over appeal of Justice (retd) Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui.

Justice (retd) Siddiqui had filed an application seeking details of expenditures on top court's judges’ residences. The Registrar Office had returned the application with objections.

Later, Justice (retd) Siddiqui filed appeal in the top court against the RO’s objections.