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Absence of IOs irks judge

KARACHI, July 30: A sessions court expressed on Monday its dismay over the absence of two investigation officers during the hearing of three cases and directed the police high-ups to stop their salaries.

Mustafa Rehman Orakzai, who is also accused of last year’s rummy club blast in Ghaas Mandi in which 22 people were killed, has been charged with attacking a police party and keeping unlicensed weapons and explosive substance within the remit of the Sohrab Goth police station in April 2011.

Sub-Inspector Ashiq Khoso, a prosecution witness, appeared before Additional District and Sessions Judge (Malir) Munawar Sultana, who is conducting the trial inside the central prison. However, his evidence could not be recorded for want of police files.

The court expressed concern over the absence of investigation officers Tariq Hameed Hashimi and Shaukat Ali Abbasi of the CID police and non-production of police files.

The court directed the police high-ups to stop the salaries of IOs and ensure their presence in court on Aug 13.

According to the prosecution, the CID raided a hideout near the Superhighway, arrested the accused after a shootout and recovered unlicensed weapons and explosive stuff from him, it added.

Three cases (FIR Nos. 156/2011, 157/2011 & 158/2011) were registered under Sections 353 (criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 324 (attempted murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code, 13-D of the Arms Ordinance and 3/4 of the Explosive Substance Act.

Saddar SHO issued notice

A sessions court put on Monday the SHO of the Saddar police station on notice on an application of the wife of a policeman.

District and Sessions Judge (south) Hasan Feroz directed the SHO to explain his position before the court on Aug 1 for not registering a case against a sub-inspector of the police for allegedly torturing his wife and daughter.

Hasan Fatima filed an application under Section 22-A of the criminal procedure code in court stating that her husband, SI Ghaus Alam, had consistently been torturing her and their minor daughter for the past few months.

The applicant contended that she approached the police station concerned, but the police refused to register a case and prayed to the court to direct the SHO concerned to register an FIR.