Rawalpindi - Saddar Bairooni police have filed an application with a court of law requesting for formation of medical board to re-examine the fire arm injury of a senior clerk of Adyala Jail, who came under gunfire on December 5 and later accused the IG Prisons Punjab and Superintendent Adyala Jail of sending their men to launch attack on him.
Nazim Shah, a senior clerk at Adyala Jail, who came into headlines after highlighting corruption of IG Prisons Punjab and Superintendent Adyala Jail, was attacked by unknown armed men breaking the windowpane of his car and firing a bullet into his right calf.
The injured Shah nominated IG Prisons Punjab Mian Farooq and Superintendent Adyala Jail Malik Mushtaq Ahmed Awan, saying these both sent their men to end his life. “Police, instead of filing FIR against the accused despite issuance of MLR by doctors of BBH who suggested police to register case under sections 337-F, just lodged a report and then approached court of civil judge Raja Faisal Rashid, expressing its doubts over the contents and claim of the applicant,” sources told The Nation on Thursday. “The court summoned the applicant today (Friday) for further proceeding,” sources added.
Sources also disclosed that police also traced the car which was used by the attackers at the time of firing on Nazim Shah but had not taken it into custody.
Sources said that the car (SX-829) was given on rent on December 5 to the attackers from Bilal Motors owned by Malik Ditta on the guarantee of a man, who is considered as the right arm of a notorious gangster/land grabber, who is languishing in Adyala Jail along with his two sons on charges of murdering a woman on land dispute. The man, who hired the car on rent, identified as Muhammad Tanvir son of Muhammad Khan, CNIC number 61101-5548786-7, resident of Gangal Post Office Tarlahi Kalan Teshil and District Islamabad, sources revealed while providing copy of the rental to The Nation.
On the other hand, Nazim Shah, the applicant, lashed out at police move, saying, “All the police officers of Rawalpindi are out to save the skin of powerful IG Prisons and Superintendent Adyala Jail by molding the facts and realities.” He said that he had ample proofs of corruption about IG and Superintendent that was why he was attacked by the culprits sent by his top bosses. He said that investigation officers despite repeated attempts did not record his statement and lodged a report instead of FIR. “The doctors of BBH clearly mentioned fracture caused by a bullet in the MLR but police have become blind and wanted to give clean chits to both wig wheels,” he added. He said that police investigators were not cooperating with him and taking side of IG and superintendent.
When contacted, SP Saddar Circle Sardar Dr Ghias said that Nazim Shah was fired from service on charges of corruption by his seniors and now he was staging drama to underestimate his bosses. On a query as to why police had not registered a case against the accused despite issuance of MLR by BBH, the SP said that police were authorised by the law to write just report of any incident in which it smelled a rat.
Backgrounds interviews with city’s top legal minds opposed police version, saying, “After issuance of MLR, police are bound to register FIR and then to start investigation of any crime.”
Tariq Aziz Bhatti Advocate, while chatting with this scribe, said that police must lodge FIR against the accused after doctors issued MLR. He said that if police did not file case and rely on report then it clearly indicated that police wanted to shelter the accused.
He also referred the direction of a five-member bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan in which it directed police to file FIR about any crime/incident soon after the issuance of MLR. “SHO must give the FIR and then should start investigation,” he added.
Another lawyer Raja Nazir Advocate also defended the arguments of his colleague and said that it was the duty of police to register case after issuance of MLR. He said that it seemed police wished for saving the skins of high and mighty in Nazim Shah attack case by using negative tactics. He said that the applicant should file an application under section 22-A for filing of case against the accused.