HARIPUR: Two people including a policeman were gunned down in Khalabat Township on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses told the police Muhammad Sheraz was standing near Chandani Chowk when two motorcyclists rode up and opened fire at him with an AK-47 assault rifle. He died on the spot. The police believe he was killed over a family dispute.
A traffic policeman identified as Khurrum was on duty near the scene of crime and tried to overpower the assailants. He did not succeed as the men shot and injured him. Khurrum was taken to the Women and Children Hospital where he bled to death before the doctors could administer first aid.
According to ASP Wahid Mehmood, Khurrum was serving in the Abbottabad traffic police and was on duty in the area for the by-elections. He added the suspect was a man identified as Saeed, an employee of the health department. They believe Sheraz’s brother had murdered Saeed’s father.
Former union nazim remanded
The Anti-Terrorism Court of Hazara division gave a former union nazim in a six day physical remand over a double murder case. Advocate Khalid Khan is the former nazim of union council urban III, Mansehra and one of the co-accused in a murder case. The police said Khalid’s son, who is the other co-accused, could not be presented before the court as he was in the hospital with injuries.
According to Mansehra police, there was a dispute between Khalid Khan and two property dealers – Abdul Wahad and Amjad Zeb, over the ownership of a three-kanal commercial plot at Shah Nawaz Chowk. On Tuesday afternoon, the property dealers were leveling the plot when Khalid Khan arrived with his son, Salahuddin, and after an argument, opened fire at Wahad and Zeb with a Kalashnikov. Both men died on the spot. Khalid Khan claims that the property dealers cross fired at them and injured his son. The police registered a case against the accused and his son under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act which deals with punishment for acts of terrorism. He was presented before the Anti-Terrorism Court in Abbottabad. The police was seeking a seven day remand but the court granted them a six day remand of the accused to carry out an investigation.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2014.
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