Karachi - A city court issued non-bailable arrest warrants of 12 nominated suspects including MQM-Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar, Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and in a case pertaining to protest demonstration against closure of water in front of Chief Minister House here.

The other nominated suspects in the case include MQM Pakistan leader Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan, Mahfooz Yar Khan advocate, and Sathi Ishaq.

One of the nominated suspects Mahfooz Yar Khan appeared before the court on Monday. However, due to absence of the other suspects the charges were not framed by the court. Directing the suspects to appear before the court on the next hearing the court adjourned the hearing until November 18.

Bail granted to accused

The Sindh High Court while declaring a police encounter held in PIB neighbourhood as suspicious, granted bail to the accused who was languishing in the jail for three years.

A division bench of the SHC heard bail application of an accused in police encounter case Rafiqullah. During the course of hearing, the court observed that as per police record the accused received a bullet in the head during the encounter and was arrested in injured condition.

 

But police failed to produce any medical certificate to substantiate its claims or any other evidence.

The court observed that there was a need to look thoroughly into the alleged police encounters. Such encounters raise questions over the performance of police, it added.

The counsel of the accused said that FIR of police encounter was registered against the accused on behest of an influential person.

The court while raising serious doubts over the veracity of police encounter, granted bail to the accused. The court directed the accused to submit Rs0.1 million as surety bond.