Aerial shooting: DHA firing suspect sent on remand for 14 days

Suspect reportedly suffering from mental illness, opened fire on Khy-e-Ittehad

Our Correspondent July 01, 2015
Suspect is reportedly suffering from mental illness, opened fire on Khy-e-Ittehad. PHOTO: TWITTER/@khlalid_pk

KARACHI: A district and sessions court sent on remand a man accused of aerial firing on DHA's Khayaban-e-Ittehad on Tuesday evening.

Two cases have been registered against Kashif Chishti under Sections 337-H (2) (punishment of hurt by rash or negligent act), 341(punishment for wrongful restraint) of Pakistan Penal Code and Section 23(1)(a) of the Sindh Arms Act, read with Section 7 of Anti-terrorism Act at Darakshan police station.

When Chishti was presented before district South judicial magistrate Noor Mohammad Kalmati on Wednesday, the judge examined the charges against him and sent him on remand for 14 days. The investigation officer was told to submit the investigation report at the next hearing on July 16.

Initially, the suspect was brought before an anti-terrorism court but he was referred back to the area magistrate for lack of jurisdiction pertaining to the charges. Since the case has been referred to a regular court, the Section 7 of the ATA will be excluded from the FIR in the charge sheet.

Taking hostages

Chishti is reportedly suffering from some mental illness. He was arrested on Tuesday after he kept the main Khayaban-e-Ittehad road blocked for over an hour. The Khayaban-e-Badban resident sported a beard, a white shirt and black jeans.

He reached Khayaban-e-Ittehad near DHA Phase IV along with his guns and resorted to indiscriminate fire. He then climbed on top of his car. Television channels showed him breaking the windowpanes of several vehicles that worsened the traffic jam on the main artery.

Some commandos of the Special Security Unit saw him brandishing his gun and tried to overpower him. They succeeded when a news reporter, Samar Abbas, managed to tackle him from behind. He was later handed over to Darakhshan police.

According to the police, Chishti had opened fire at his father a day earlier after he refused to lend him money. His father was not hurt but he lodged a case against him at Darakshan police station. SHO Ghulam Hussain Pirzada said the police are trying to verify the weapons recovered from his possession.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2015.