SHC dismisses Asif’s co-accused’s bail plea in Justice Nizam case
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court while dismissing the bail it had earlier granted to Javed Akhtar Pirzadam, a co-accused of Asif Ali Zardari in the Justice Nizam murder case, withdrew on Tuesday its earlier order of February 2000.
Javed Akhtar Pirzada was a close aide of Asif Zardari during the second tenure of the PPP government and had also been accused in several accountability references with Zardari.
He was booked in the murder case of Justice Nizam and his son, Nadeem Ahmed, who were gunned down in front of their house’s main gate on June 10, 1996. Akhtar Pirzada after the rejection of his several bail pleas by the trial court had filed a bail application in the Sindh High Court in 1999.
The SHC granted him bail, directing him to attend the trial. However, Akhtar Pirzada jumped the bail and stopped appearing before the trial court.
The trial court then sent a reference to the SHC, praying it to vacate the bail order it had earlier passed in favour of Akhtar Pirzada.
A division bench comprising Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Justice Azizullah M Memon on Tuesday finally dismissed the bail, disposed of the reference and directed the trial court to deal with the matter according to the law. Besides, Javed Akhtar Pirzada, Asif Zardari, Babar Sindhu and Bilal Sheikh are being tried by the district and sessions court, east, for the murder of Justice Nizam and his son.