KARACHI: Police on Wednesday claimed to have detained the prime suspect in the attack on Justice Maqbool Baqar, the senior puisne judge of the Sindh High Court.

“On a tip-off police detained a suspect on whose lead a raid was conducted in Surjani Town late Tuesday night in which a key suspect of the attack on the judge was detained in injured condition after a serious encounter,” said DIG-South Dr Ameer Sheikh. He said the encounter lasted half an hour in which a policeman also received bullet wounds. The senior officer said that they had not expected such stiff resistance.

The driver of the senior judge and eight police guards were killed in a bomb blast on June 26 on busy Burnes Road near the Sindh High Court. Justice Baqar was admitted to a private hospital with serious injuries.

The bomb was planted in a motorcycle parked near a mosque. The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the deadly attack saying that the judge had delivered “anti-Taliban and anti-Mujahideen judgements”.

The DIG-South said the held suspect, identified as Bashir Leghari, allegedly belonging to a banned outfit, was involved in other sectarian attacks also and was planning to carry out more such attacks. He said the wounded suspect was admitted to a hospital for treatment. The suspect died late on Wednesday night.

The DIG said a Kalashnikov, a 9mm pistol and explosive material were seized from him.

However, the family disputed the police version.

“Around 20 police mobiles pulled up outside our home in Sector 7-C, Surjani, at 3.45am,” said Muhammad Ahmed, a son of the held suspect. He alleged that the police fired a bullet in his father’s abdomen. A policeman snatched a pistol from his father and also shot and wounded a policeman to show the incident as an encounter.

He claimed that the policemen also took along his young brother and a guest from their home. He said later a Surjani police official told him that his father was admitted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for treatment.

Meanwhile, the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat said the police raid on 60-year-old Hafiz Bashir Leghari’s home was regrettable. “In order to hide their own failure, the police have termed him the mastermind of the attack on Justice Maqbool Baqar,” said ASWJ spokesman Maulana Akbar Saeed Farooqi in a press statement.

Hafiz Leghari was a local social leader, chairman of the Deoband action committee and businessman, he said. “Hafiz Leghari has nothing to do with the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi or any other militant group as he also remained in touch with the local administration with religious scholars of all parties.”

Contingents of police entered his home, injured Hafiz Leghari and also detained his son Muavia Leghari and guest Qari Amin, he said.

The ASWJ urged the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the incident.

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S. A. M.
July 18, 2013 7:43 am

In this case it seems that the police had taken the right man into their custody. Bravo our police force

Abdul Malik
July 18, 2013 10:30 am

As much as I am no fan of any religious outfit, but at the same time knowing Sindh police, nobody should be surprised if this was a deliberate attempt hide their dismal failure.

July 18, 2013 10:49 am

Good going Karachi Police... keep up the good work...kill these hooligans before they claim more innocent lives.... bravo! In my opinion his entire house should have eben blown up with dynamite for spreading hate and churning out killers!

July 18, 2013 11:46 am

What to say of the parents who have named their son "Muavia" -- Shame Shame Shame

Gerry D'Cunha
July 18, 2013 12:30 pm

another eye wash to satisfy the higher authority - the real culprits are stronger than the police and can never be caught so easily - another innocent person has been made a scrape-goat by the police to safe their skin. who is there to question these rascals?

muzammil ullah khan
July 18, 2013 12:34 pm

I am positive the "Courts" will jump into the fray with a suo moto or at least a statement etc to support the dead terrorist !! No one can shoot a terrorist in Pakistan . Only terrorists are allowed to kill people and law enforcers . Any one shooting a terrorist is bound to face judicial process and inquiry and can be jailed . This is the way the law operates in Pakistan !!

July 18, 2013 12:46 pm

The LEA's commit murder with ease and regularly in Karachi, Sindh and Baluchistan. They are a law unto themselves. Oh Allah please have mercy on the citizens of Karachi, Sindh and Baluchistan. Only Allah can provide relief to Karachi, Sindh and Baluchistan.

July 18, 2013 1:08 pm

so why there was a stiff resistance from mr Bashir Leghari,why didn't he give him self up.

July 18, 2013 3:17 pm

Let us also know when the courts release him for lack of evidence.

Hussain Naqvi
July 18, 2013 3:36 pm

The suspect could ot be identified without the sold proof. His social and religious affiliations clearly indicates that he belonged to the banned outfits.Moahavia should be thoroughly. investigated and. Be put to task to unveil the other notorious members of his terrorist group/groups operating there in Karachi.

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