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KARACHI, Jan 14: The additional district and sessions judge, South, Syed Saeed Hasan, acquitted 10 workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in the Iqbal Raad murder case.

The judge exonerated all accused, including the absconders, under Section 265-H of the Criminal Procedure Code(CrPC) as the prosecution failed to bring on record incriminating evidence against them.

Four Muttahida men, Mohammed Ajmal alias Ajmal Pahari, Mirza Asif Baig alias Asif Duddan, Sohail DC and Kaleem Commando alias Chota Munna, were the arrested while Adnan, Maulana Naeem, Nadeem Nusrat, Asif alias Muneer and Saeed alias Sheen were the absconders in the case.

Iqbal Raad, a former advocate general of Sindh and one of the defence counsel for Mian Nawaz Sharif in plane hijacking case, was assassinated along with two others on March 10, 2000, in his office. Shahzad Khatri, son of late Justice Hussain Adil Khatri, and Ghulam Abbas, peon at Mr Raad's office, were the two other victims killed in the attack.

SHOAIB KHAN: The judicial magistrate, Central, Ms Uzma Khan, remanded Shoaib Khan, an alleged key figure of the underworld, to the police custody in a murder case.

The case pertained to the killing of Nasir Ali, who was allegedly killed in 1998 by accused Shoaib Khan, Zahid Khan and Akram in Gulberg. The magistrate gave the alleged underworld don to the police custody for three days and ordered the investigators to produce him before the court on January 17.