Rawalpindi - A joint investigation team (JIT) has been constituted by the Punjab government to investigate the murder case of Shoaib Iqbal Raja, the nephew of former Law Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja.
A member of JIT , Inspector Mirza Shafique appeared before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) yesterday and informed the judge that the government has formed JIT to probe the murder case. He also sought physical remand of the four murder accused for 14 more days. However, the court rejected the plea of JIT and awarded physical remand for 10 days only. The accused included Asad Mahmood, a PML-N local leader, his father Jan Nisar alias Saleem Numberdar, Raja Adil Rehman and Umar Abbasi.
The court asked the investigation officer why they need further custody when the police had already obtained 30 days physical remand of the accused. Inspector Shafique replied that station house officer of Saddar Barooni police station has been changed and now the JIT would launch investigation into the murder case. Appearing on behalf of the accused, Advocate Ansar Mirza said that it is not a case of terrorism and the court does not need to grant more remand. There are unconfirmed reports that police have arrested Akhlaq Mahmood Numberdar, the prime accused, four days ago but they have not yet presented him before a court of law for obtaining his physical remand.