The defence counsel gave up eight witnesses in the Shahzeb Khan murder case on Tuesday and closed its side, leaving only the final arguments and judgment to conclude the case.
Three witnesses were presented before Judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon of the Anti-Terrorism Court III on Tuesday. The deputy director of the Defence Housing Authority, Major (Retd) Syed Asif Nabi, was brought in as a witness to support the claim that the vehicle allegedly used in the crime could not have been impounded from the plot that the police have named. The defence counsel maintained that there was no space for parking due to the installation of heavy machinery.
Nabi told the court that the owner of the plot had put forward a request for technical work at the plot on December 18, adding that the applicant was allowed to complete the work by January 15, 2013. Nabi, however, said that he did not visit the plot and neither did the monitoring team observe any unusual activity at the plot.
The second witness, Muhammad Iqbal Durrani, told the court that he was going to the market when a vehicle overturned after it hit a bungalow on the night of December 24, 2012 - the date Shahzeb’s alleged murder took place. When asked to show his CNIC, Durrani’s temporary and permanent address turned out to be in North Nazimabad.
The third witness, Gulzar Ahmed Maher, testified that on December 24, he was with Shahrukh Jatoi - the prime suspect. The case was put off till next hearing.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2013.
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