Court accepts charge sheet against Imtiaz in kidnapping case
KARACHI: Justice Amir Hani Muslim of the Sindh High Court, who is also the administrative judge for the anti-terrorism courts (ATCs) at Karachi, accepted on Monday the charge sheet against Mahfooz Ahmed, an alleged associate of PML Sindh Secretary-General Imtiaz Sheikh, in a kidnapping for ransom case and marked the case for trial to the ATC-V.
Mahfooz has been named one of the co-accused of Imtiaz, Agha Asghar, Nasir Mehmood, Mehmood Zakir, Mohammad Ashfaq and Ateeq Ahmed Siddiqui – all absconders All the accused have been charged with kidnapping Umer Iqbal, 17, for ransom on June 28, 2003 in Qayyumabad, Korangi, Karachi.
Zafar Iqbal, Umer Iqbal’s father, stated in the FIR lodged at Korangi police station on March 28, 2005 that the accused kidnapped his son at his house on the instructions of Imtiaz Sheikh and Ateeq Ahmed Siddiqui and demanded Rs 1.5 million in ransom.
The hostage was later released on payment of Rs 700,000 at the house of Imtiaz Sheikh in Defence Housing Authority area of Karachi. The police had arrested Mahfooz on May 3.
Wasim’s quashment plea: The Sindh High Court ordered on Monday for making the complainant, who had filed a criminal case against former Pakistan cricket team captain Wasim Akram, respondent, and issued him notice on Wasim’s plea seeking quashment of proceedings for a criminal breach of trust before a lower court.
Akram is being tried for misappropriation of the property of the complainant and a criminal breach of trust.