Raees and Yadgar Raisani, the sons of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, secured bail before arrest till March 22 over allegations of beating the police in DHA.
On Saturday, Additional District and Sessions Judge South Abdul Razzak granted their request against a solvent surety of Rs50,000 each.
The Raisanis were booked by the Darakhshan police in FIR No 86 of 2012 under sections 147, 148, 149, 337-A (i), 186 and 353 of the Pakistan Penal Code. The case was registered by ASI Ghulam Hussain.
According to the ASI, he was posted at the residence of National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza when he saw 15 to 20 men, who appeared to be inebriated, beating people passing the intersection.
The police team intervened to save the victim upon which the armed men turned on the police and thrashed them as well. The men claimed to be from an influential family and threatened the policemen with dire consequences if they interfered.
As the police party called for backup, the men drove away. The incident was subsequently highlighted in the media, leading to the registration of an FIR against the accused who were then identified as the sons of the Balochistan CM.
The young men were in jeans and sported beards. The ASI and another policeman marched towards them to save a couple they were harassing. They were told to back off and mind their own business but as the area was sensitive for security, the ASI said they persisted. But with the help of their plainclothes guards, the group of men snatched their official weapons and hit the police with their butts. According to SP Tariq Dharejo, the same men had hours earlier had dinner at an eatery in Khadda market where they had fired in the air.
While appearing in court, the Raisanis’ lawyer argued that his clients were dragged into the case just to malign the family. Raees and Yadgar fear they will be arrested at any time and are ready to surrender before a trial court. Their lawyer argued that there was no chance that they would flee the jurisdiction of the court or intimidate or harassing the people who registered an FIR against them.
The court later admitted the Raisanis to bail before arrest till March 22.
Yadgar has two brothers - he is the eldest, in his early 30s, and has married twice. He is largely based in Quetta, and comes to Karachi for entertainment.
People who know him, say that he was a “good guy” in college – didn’t even smoke. However, he dropped out of college and started drinking and, some say, doing drugs. A few years ago, Yadgar was hospitalised, reportedly due to liver and kidney problems – said to be linked to his substance abuse.
He is said to have started a gang in Quetta called Thuglaw, which was involved in a number of fights and even in crimes such as vehicle snatching.
Now, Yadgar and his friends are said to be involved in freeing captured truck or trailers of the Afghan Transit Trade. After freeing them from dacoits, etc., Yadgar is given a share of the goods or their monetary worth.
Yadgar is said to be notorious in Quetta, and now in Karachi for his involvement in fights. Recently, he and his guards are said to have opened fire at a private party in Clifton.
His younger brother, Rais, is said to be the opposite of Yadgar. He is said to be more sober, and carries only a couple of guards – compared to an entire platoon carried by Yadgar. Rais also had a job at a major bank. When contacted on Saturday, Raees Raisani told The Express Tribune over the phone that he did not wish to comment on the case.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2012.
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