Bahria Town racing: UAE accepts FIA request to hand over Ali Riaz

Published: December 23, 2010
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Screen capture of video footage from the Bahria Town crash.

Screen capture of video footage from the Bahria Town crash.

ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities on Thursday accepted the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) request to hand over Ali Riaz, accused in the Bahria Town drag race incident.

The FIA had earlier issued an arrest warrant for Ali Riaz and asked Dubai authorities for their assistance.

According to Express 24/7, the request had been made by FIA on the direction of the Interior Ministry. It is now up to Rawalpindi Police to constitute a team and send it to the UAE for his arrest.

Ali Riaz, the son of a real estate tycoon, had been nominated in an FIR after five spectators of a drag race were killed when one of the sports cars skidded off the road and ran them over, in Phase VIII of Bahria Town.

The apex court had earlier directed the Inspector-General of Police, Punjab, Tariq Saleem Dogar to arrest the persons booked in the FIR, including Ali Riaz. The court had also directed that the inquiry of the case be referred to an experienced and high-ranked police officer rather than a sub-inspector.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday while hearing a suo motu case had asked the Punjab police chief whether Rawalpindi city police was reluctant to arrest the culprits because they were “influential.”

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Reader Comments (36)

  • nasir
    Dec 23, 2010 - 3:28PM

    this is a real test for suprem court to do justice.there are already so many cases against malik riaz chairman bahria town pending in sc but sc not proceeding with those cases.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Dec 23, 2010 - 3:33PM

    We will wait and see if Ali Riaz is ever brought back to Pakistan and arrested !!Recommend

  • Dec 23, 2010 - 4:28PM

    Ali Riaz will be brought back and will be proceeded in court.Recommend

  • Iqbal+Khan
    Dec 23, 2010 - 4:32PM

    If Ali Riaz is extradited and successfully then the supremacy of the law will truly be upheld. Otherwise our honorable judges will fail to deliver the true justice as promised in Islam and any other civilized society !!!!!Recommend

  • Muffadal Nazar
    Dec 23, 2010 - 5:42PM

    I personally believe this is a good sign , and now its our responsibility as Pakistani to just not forget about this case until this guy is taken to the court and has a proper trial , like we forgot about the brothers from Sialkot lynching incident.Recommend

  • Dec 23, 2010 - 6:41PM

    His arrest would show to the WORLD that no one is ABOVE THE LAW & justice has to prevail.Recommend

  • Owais
    Dec 23, 2010 - 7:03PM

    Pardon my ignorance , can anyone explain why Ali Riaz’s name is in the FIR? Was he the driver? or did he arranged the race? or why exactly is he being named.
    thanks.Recommend

  • Atif
    Dec 23, 2010 - 7:10PM

    I think the responsibility lies on the spectators. They all went there uninvited to watch the race, knowing that things can go ugly. Ali Riaz didn’t kill them intentionally, it was an accident. he cannot be held responsible. At least he cannot be held responsible alone. Authorities and the spectators are equally responsible.Recommend

  • asajjad
    Dec 23, 2010 - 7:18PM

    @Owais My sentiments exactly.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Dec 23, 2010 - 7:28PM

    Just by the way, how many Suo Moto cases have been finalised by Supreme court of Pakistan so far? What has happened to the case of two brothers horrible murder case in Sialkot, which occurred in the recent past? Taking a Suo Moto action appears to be an easy way to earn fame and respect in people’s eyes, isn’t it so? Why don’t we ask honourable judges to make the proceedings and final outcome of these actions on the SC website?Recommend

  • nasir
    Dec 23, 2010 - 7:45PM

    I think it is the first step towards the imminent fall of tycoon.(head of land mafia) who has been protected by the influentials and elitist of pakistan including Pak army during last 15 years.
    God bless the people who had purchased the bahria town plots and so called villas.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Dec 23, 2010 - 8:05PM

    The only reason he’s being arrested is because well we like to blame anyone who’s rich. Blah country’s a jokeRecommend

  • Fazli Qadir Khan
    Dec 23, 2010 - 8:45PM

    Although it is exceedingly fascinating to see our justice system at work, I must agree with Owais. Also it would be prudent for our authorities to consider that anyone taking part in such illegal activities are, or atleast should be aware of the inherent risks involved. Besides, would you start arresting sponsors if a car crashed into the stands at Daytona? Not that I am, by any means, condoning this underground activity. But if you play with fire, you’re bound to get burned sooner or later…Recommend

  • doc.1
    Dec 23, 2010 - 10:06PM

    Yeah that’s the day when someone comes back for an arrest. Why do you think he’s in UAE in the first place. Money talks baby…Recommend

  • Dec 23, 2010 - 10:14PM

    if it is true that many cases are pending in psc against malik rtiaz…then what they are not processed further…..is it because he is influential and has many generals working for him ?
    Recommend

  • Imran Ali Agha
    Dec 23, 2010 - 10:30PM

    This race that ended up ugly was just a part of the promotion campaign held by PTCL Evo Wireless. It is PTCL that is the main culprit here in my opinion and not any driver because it was held under the responsibility of a Major brand known as PTCL.Recommend

  • bilal
    Dec 23, 2010 - 11:49PM

    SC should also take suo moto action of all pending cases in lower courts against Bahria Town where our fearful judges even do not bother to start the case which is pending for last 4 years they are using strategy to give date after date.Recommend

  • Laiba+Hassan
    Dec 24, 2010 - 5:41AM

    Good Work Hang HimRecommend

  • M Bilal
    Dec 24, 2010 - 5:46AM

    Wonder if this would really happen? If its so, will be great.Recommend

  • Raza
    Dec 24, 2010 - 7:25AM

    Nothing is going to happen, no one will be brought to justice and these sort of suo moto will be taken now and then just to make people fool that Supreme court is taking notices. I wonder how many cases are decided after taking suo moto notices. I

    Its a joke that Ali Riaz will be caught and bring to justice along with other people. Just keep on dreaming.Recommend

  • Mohsin mughal
    Dec 24, 2010 - 10:12AM

    @zaid bro i disagree wid u on this that judges r taking suo moto action for earning fame its nt true bcz they r working right under the law nd there is due a proccess of law which have 2 b fullfeld nd a judge can nt punish any person widout the fulfilment of requried proces.Recommend

  • Imran
    Dec 24, 2010 - 10:57AM

    All this is very unreasonable.. It was specially directed to the viewers that they are not allowed to stand on the right side, where the event was taking place.. The stands were on the left side.. All these people should be charged of breaking the law first.. Then if you guys have seen the video there are canals on the side of the road and people were asked not to cross them as a safety measure.. But they did and paid the price of being ignorant.. Not that i’m against the people who died or with ali riaz or the driver, i’m just trying to tell u that it was the fault of the viewers.. You can look at the picture and see that the car didnt cross the canal, and the people who died were standing on the road and there loved ones should understand that it was their fault.. Accidents take place in every race all over the world, its not a new thing.. People should follow rules..Recommend

  • sarmad
    Dec 24, 2010 - 11:23AM

    Good step by our authorities to establish rule of law in the society otherwise we are at the edge of chaos.Everyone in rawalpindi and islamabad is suffering from Malik Riaz the land mafia chief.They are using their task force to grab land of poor and overseas Pakistanis who have worked day and night and had bought property in Pakistan.Recommend

  • mirza
    Dec 24, 2010 - 11:30AM

    As the drag race was held illegal then the main culprits are the ones who were nominated in FIR.Spectators were not told that District government has given no permission to hold this event.If the spectators were on right side then why the organizers did not stop them?Where were safety barriers on both sides which are must in drag race.Recommend

  • mirza
    Dec 24, 2010 - 11:46AM

    The SC must hang all of them who are responsible to hold this event without ensuring safety measures for the public.Ali riaz is also amongst culprits because as CEO of BAHRIA TOWN he should not give permission to hold this event.If they are not guilty then why they have fear of CJ and have run away?CHOR KI DARHI MAIN TINKARecommend

  • ANEEQ
    Dec 24, 2010 - 11:51AM

    They have murder people just to get 10 marla land.First of all SC must decide about Malik riaz pending murder cases.Each they take a new suo moto action and ignore others which are pending for last 3 years.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Dec 24, 2010 - 12:53PM

    This was an accident .. first the people behind the Sialkot brutality should be hanged till death or brought to justice. Recommend

  • Thaqalain
    Dec 24, 2010 - 1:37PM

    By this time we must know the outcome of Punjab Police Performance in Dubai Dunia!! I am sure he might have escaped from UAE to other neighboring NOGO GREEN ZONE ESTATES.Recommend

  • Shout
    Dec 24, 2010 - 2:07PM

    Give SC time as it is dealing with the people who want to violate every rule under the sun to line their pockets. No one is objecting the riches Malik Riaz has made over the years, but the way he has made it — by bribing the powerful — generals, judges, bureaucrats. If one goes to Bahria, the most obvious missing link is absence of playgrounds — just because a small-minded property dealer who has made it big cannot see the value of a playground. Recommend

  • Hammad
    Dec 24, 2010 - 3:10PM

    I totally disagree with everyone….why everyone is accusing the driver only….did he deliberately hit those people??…no he didn’t.! It was the organizers who should be blamed for not giving importance to the safety arrangements… Racing is a sport and is done everywhere around the world. Even at the international level, accidents do happen in car racing events and people are killed inspite of extra safety measures. What were those people doing so close to the track??

    these are the questions which will appear in the court too? we all should not jump into conclusions so early…but i strongly believe that Ali Riaz should have not run from the country in the first place and should have face the law.!Recommend

  • hamad
    Dec 24, 2010 - 3:31PM

    The culprits should surrender them to the authorities instead of escaping.SC decision will be on merit.Recommend

  • Shahryar+Ahmed
    Dec 24, 2010 - 4:08PM

    I agree with Mr. Atif above, this guy is not the only one to be blamed for this incident. Yes, he is party to this case but then again this is not voluntary man slaughter, this as an accident. Yes some blame should also lie on the spectators maybe for standing to close to the road.

    I think 1 thing he did wrong was to flee from the country, he should have made himself available to face the law. It was an accident, nothing more.

    I would like to see how SC looks at this case. I would also love the SC to give a full judgment on the references filled against the Top Judge in our country.Recommend

  • Raza Khalid
    Dec 24, 2010 - 4:51PM

    Air Marshal Asghar Khan’s petition re: ISI slush funds to politicians, has been pending in Supreme Court since 1990. Does anyone know why CJ doesn’t bother to take this up?Recommend

  • MS+Hasan
    Dec 24, 2010 - 6:05PM

    In any civilized country this would have been considered second decree murder. Testing times for the SC…Recommend

  • Fahad
    Jan 3, 2011 - 2:22PM

    Much said before me here. I just want to make a quick point that if courts are good then why don’t people know about whereabouts of their loved ones who have gone missing? The day we learned that Mrs Janjua found his husband or even his body then we will be in better position to establish the credibility of courts and untill than it is all (as they say in Punjabi) nass paj and meaningless to talk about.Recommend

  • Sami Khan
    Feb 14, 2011 - 12:46AM

    A few questions:

    Malik Riaz murdered several people (himself or through his people)… Anyone knows who was the murdered person? and how many people been murdered?
    Malik Riaz is a land Mafia DON … he took over lands of people. BUT… have you gone to Bahria Phase 7 and Phase 8 and if you have gone these, you must have seen many places where people are still living and its not part of Bahria Town, only because they didn’t sell their lands… Properties acquired by him were paid… Am I wrong? Did he pay the land owners or NO? if NO, who are those people who are not paid?

    Car race was part of a promotion held by PTCL… Why PTCL is not being held responsible?
    We cry too much when a rich one (specially well known people) does something (even if they are not very much responsible).. Why not when an ordinary people kills someone or robs off someone? Hundreds and thousands of cases, not even known… Isn’t it becoming a part of our nature to curse ONLY the rich… Are we simply jealous to them?

    More questions after getting answers of these questions… Thanks guys for reading all this… Hope you will get me good answers and NOT JUST “blame game” or our so called “JEALOUSY”….Recommend

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