JIT records Saulat Mirza's statement at Mach Jail

Team, including DIG Ameer Sheikh, is recording Mirza’s statement regarding his confessional video

Mohammad Zafar April 15, 2015

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) arrived in Mach Jail on Wednesday to record the statement of death row prisoner Saulat Mirza.

Earlier today, superintendent Mach Jail, Ishaq Zheri told The Express Tribune the Investigation team will arrive today from Karachi and investigate into Saulat Mirza’s confessional video released hours before he was set to be executed.

"They will record the statement and investigate more about the cases," he said.

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The team includes members of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI), Sindh Police, Sindh Rangers, Sindh DIG Traffic Ameer Sheikh and SSP special branch.

Mirza was set to be hanged on March 19 but just hours before his execution he alleged in a supposed video confession that he killed former KESC Director Shahid Hamid on the directives of party chief Altaf Hussain, leading to a stay in his execution.

Read: PM requests Saulat Mirza's execution to be halted for further 30 days

The recording on Wednesday are related to Mirza's confessional video.

According to video released by a private television channel late on March 19, Mirza alleged that he received the order for the ‘hit’ from Altaf at MQM leader Babar Ghauri’s residence.

Read: Shocking revelations: MQM chief ordered KESC director’s assassination, claims Saulat

Mirza revealed that orders were given on telephone by the party chief himself. Usually, the party chief would either give orders himself or through the likes of Babar Ghauri.

He further alleged that people whom the party wanted to save from police torture are provided protection in police stations through Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan. Even during the PPP’s government, he was facilitated in jail and allowed to meet family members in separate rooms.

Read: Saulat Mirza's wife claims he did not kill Shahid Hamid

In the video, shot apparently on death row in Mach Jail, shows Mirza claiming that Altaf would not let anyone to rise in the party, adding that the MQM chief ordered the murder of Azeem Tariq when he started rising within the party ranks. Similarly, when former Karachi Mayor Mustafa Kamal started getting popular among masses, he was disgracefully thrown out of the party.


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