ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court is set to hold a second hearing on the gruesome murder of a youngster in Sialkot, allegedly by politically influential people.
Raza Subhani, of the influential Wario clan, and his armed men kidnapped Mubashir and his friend Rizwan from Mubashir’s house in Sahowali. Claiming to settle a political score, the accused took Mubashir and Rizwan to their compound where both of them were brutally tortured.
Mubashir succumbed to his injuries and died while in custody of the kidnappers, while Rizwan was seriously injured and taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), Islamabad, in a critical condition.
On July 13, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took suo motu notice of the incident. In the first hearing on July 22, he directed the Punjab police to submit a detailed report on the murder.
The police had registered a FIR against Raza Subhani and his accomplices but failed to arrest the killers, citing political pressure from Punjab’s authorities. Mubashir’s family made an appeal to the chief justice to look into the matter and initiate suo motu proceedings to determine the motive and the people responsible for the killing.
“Punjab Police officials are expected to submit their report related to the incident on Tuesday and will apprise the SC about the status of investigations.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2011.