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Banners case: SC tells police to nab the culprits


ISLAMABAD: While hearing the anti-judiciary banners’ case on Tuesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasirul Mulk said police should not confine its interrogation and investigation to the confessional statement of the mastermind and proceed to trace the real culprits.
A two-member bench of the top court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasirul Mulk resumed the hearing of the case related to anti-judiciary banners displayed in the federal capital. Deputy Attorney General Khawaja Ahmed Hussain appeared before the apex court and stated that Muhammad Rashid, the alleged mastermind of anti-judiciary posters and banners, has been arrested and he has confessed to the crime before a judicial magistrate.
On Justice Mulk’s enquiry whether the nabbed person stands responsible or not, the deputy attorney general said that the police was still investigating the matter and added that the investigators wanted to include ARY anchorperson Mubashir Lucman in the interrogation of the case but he is abroad nowadays. DAG Hussain said the accused was involved in displaying posers and banners against journalists in the past. He told the top court that the investigators do not want to confine the investigation to Muhammad Rashid’s confessional statement. The court has adjourned the hearing of the case till August 19. During the last hearing of the case the top court had directed the Islamabad Inspector General Aftab Cheema to complete the investigation within seven days. In that hearing Cheema had told the apex court that the accused had admitted that he is a journalist and a member of a party named Farzand-e-Islam, which was headed by Khalid Khawaja who had been murdered. Meanwhile, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja notes that about forty days have passed but no action has been taken against the people who maligned the top judiciary by displaying anti-judiciary in the federal capital. 

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