Perween Rahman murder case: ATC rejects bail petition of accused

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday rejected the bail plea of Azam Swati — one of the accused persons in the Perween Rahman murder case.

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Perween Rahman was a Pakistani social activist, director of the Orangi Pilot Project Research and Training Institute. She was murdered on 13 March 2013. She was a vocal activist working against the land and water mafia in the city.

Prosecution lawyer Advocate Salahuddin Panhwar argued that setting the accused free would put the lives of witnesses in danger.

The prosecution contended that Azam was the son of Raheem Swati — the prime accused in the murder case. Panhwar further said the accused was likely to flee if granted bail.

Announcing the earlier reserved verdict on Azam’s bail plea, the court rejected the petition. The ATC has also reserved its verdict on Raheem’s bail petition.

Later, Panhwar submitted a plea to provide security to him and the witnesses through the witness protection program.

In the petition, Panhwar said the Supreme Court had ordered the Sindh inspector general of police to provide him with security four months ago, however, those orders are yet to be implemented. The petition further stated that witnesses of the case were also not provided security.

The prosecutor further said that he was in charge of not only the Perween Rahman murder case but also other high profile cases such as the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder and Baldia factory fire.

The court has declared Noor Muhammad and Ahsanuddin absconders, who too are accused of Rahman’s murder.

The hearing was then adjourned till August 10.

 

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