LAHORE – Additional District and Sessions Judge Arif Hameed Sheikh on Saturday released Major (r) Haroon Rasheed, Muhammad Nawaz Khan and Waheed Rasheed of banned outfit Harkatul Mujahideen-Al-Islami and accused of murdering Shaikh Zayed Hospital former administrator Abdul Saboor Malik.

The judge placed this order after prosecution witnesses including Abdul Faisal and Abid Saleem withdrew their statements given against the aforesaid accused. The witnesses stated before the court that they named these accused on the instructions of the police and denied that they were the eye witnesses of the murder. 

As per case details, Shaikh Zayed Hospital Administrator, Dr Abdul Saboor Malik, 43, was gunned down by three unknown armed assailant near his Model Town C-Block residence.

He was immediately taken to the Shaikh Zayed Hospital by the Rescue 1122 officials where doctors pronounced him dead and Later, Model Town Division police investigated the case.

FIR registered stated that banned religious organisation Harkatul Mujahideen claimed that they killed Saboor due to his affiliation with the Ahmadiya community. They alleged Saboor belonged to the Ahmadiya community, which sparked his enmity with them.

AAG sacked over factory case:  The Punjab government on Saturday sacked Maqsoodul Hassan from the post of Assistant Advocate General over the reports that he had not prosecuted properly the collapsed medicine factory case in the Lahore High Court.

However, Advocate General Punjab Ashtar Ausaf dispelled the impression that the case was not prosecuted properly by the AG office and claimed that the case was fought according to the merits. According the notification, Maqsoodul Hassan had been terminated by the provincial government from the post of assistant advocate general, however, no reasons had been described in the notification.

Twenty six citizens including women had lost their lives due to boiler explosion in a medicine factory at Kharrak stop, Multan Road, and the owners of the factory had filed petition in the LHC seeking their bails. Astar Ausaf told TheNation that Maqsood was a hardworking member of his team and there was no negligence on the part of his termination. “There may some misunderstanding behind Hassan’s termination and I am hopeful that he will again join his team,” Mr Ausaf said.

March 15 last date for LDA posts: Last date for applying to 20 posts of stenographers, 12 vacancies of office assistants, 12 posts of sub engineers as well as 24 posts of data entry operators in Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has been fixed as March 15.

Application forms are available on NTS website The test for these posts will be held on April 15 only at Lahore. Provisional list of candidate shall be available on NTS website on March 20.

Candidate may request for correction of his/her name, particulars through NTS website until March 30.