KARACHI: Two witnesses identified on Saturday the suspect held in a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker’s killing case as the shooter during an identification parade before a judicial magistrate.
Asif Ali, who is also an activist of the MQM, has been booked for allegedly killing Waqas Shah during the protest in Azizabad that started minutes after the March 11 raid by the paramilitary force at the party headquarters, Nine Zero.
The victim, 25-year-old Shah, a student of women studies at the Karachi University, was shot dead while an Express News cameraman, Wasim, was injured in the gunfire.
The paramilitary force claimed to have arrested the suspect during a targeted operation conducted on a tip-off in Shahdadpur, Sindh, in the last week of June. The MQM claim, however, that Ali was picked up from his residence on May 12.
At the end of his 14-day remand, Ali was produced before a district Central judicial magistrate, Zaheer Ahmed Naqvi, for the identification parade. Two witnesses, whose identities were kept secret, identified the suspect as the shooter.
Later, Ali was produced before the incharge judge of the ATC-II, Anandram D Sairani, who sent him to jail on judicial remand for 10 days.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2015.