An anti-terrorism court (ATC) directed the investigating officer, Yasin Gujjar, to complete the process of seizing properties of Uzair Jan Baloch, Habib Jan Baloch, Noor Muhammad alias Baba Ladla and six others facing murder trial of Arshad Pappu, his brother and a confidant, till August 26, on Thursday.
The court, allowing 10 days’ time to conclude the process, expressed dissatisfaction over the police’s failure to complete the same within the allotted time and produce the suspects before court.
The court had declared the suspects, Uzair Jan Baloch, leader of the outlawed Peoples Aman Committee, Habib Jan Baloch, Noor Muhammad alias Baba Ladla, Asif Kana, Zahid Ladla, Faisal Pathan, Yasir Pathan, Inspector Jan Khan Niazi and Inspector Javed Baloch, proclaimed offenders and ordered to seize their movable and immoveable properties on July 23.
The judge had ordered to take action against the suspects under section 87 (proclamation for person absconding) and 88 (attachment of property of person absconding) of the Criminal Procedure Code and submit a report to the court in this regard.
On Thursday, Gujjar told the court that he had completed the process of proclamation and submitted the report before the court. Gujjar said that he had written letters to the relevant departments, including the revenue department, to provide details of the suspects’ properties.
Earlier, the officer had told court that he was unable to arrest the suspects as they had gone into hiding.
The alleged Lyari gangster Arshad Pappu, his brother, Yasir Arafat, and their confidant, Juma Shera, were killed on the night of March 16.
According to the FIR registered on the complaint of Arshad Pappu’s widow, the victims were killed after being subjected to torture and the bodies of her husband and his brother were thrown in manholes in Kalakot after being mutilated. She had alleged that the offence was committed on the behest of Shahjehan Baloch - an under trial prisoner and a candidate of the Pakistan Peoples Party for the NA-248 seat.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2013.
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