Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Threats by militants delay Bhutto murder trial  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 31/03/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Threats to the prosecutors, police officers and the judge, have further delayed the conclusion of the six-year- old pending trial of the assassination of the former Pakistani prime minister, Benazir Bhutto



Due to the warning issued by the newly surfaced extremist militant outfit Ahrarul Hind, statements of the three key prosecution witnesses could not be recorded in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Rawalpindi



After the March 3 terrorist attacks on the district courts of Islamabad, special prosecutor, Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry, as well as three police officers have not appeared in the court because of the threats. It may be noted that Ahrarul Hind is the same organisation that claimed the responsibility for the recent attacks on the districts courts



A text message released by the militant outfit warned the ATC judge, former city police officer Rawalpindi, Saud Aziz, and Inspector Kashif Riaz of an attack.



Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry said that after the receipt of the threat, he contacted the relevant police and government authorities to request for a security escort, but the request is still pending



Though, the prosecutor admitted that his absence was causing a delay in the conclusion of the trial, he added that the lethargy of the police authorities had hindered his appearance as it was impossible for him to reach the ATC from his native town of Sialkot, without proper security protocol



Referring to last year's assassination of his fellow prosecutor Chaudhy Zulfiqar Ali, he said that the warning issued by the militant outfit could not be taken lightly. It may be mentioned that the ATC had adjourned its proceedings, without any progress, on March 8, 15, 22 and 29, because of the absence of the prosecutor and the prosecution witnesses



Pakistan People's Party's information secretary, Qamar Zaman Kaira, when contacted, termed it unfortunate that neither the federal government, nor the Punjab government was serious enough to address the issues related to the security of the prosecutor. The murder case has already been delayed inordinately and it should not be further lingered on, he added



The police officers, then city police officer, Saud Aziz, and superintendent police, Khurram Shahzad, who have been implicated in the said murder case, also expressed their disappointment over the absence of the prosecutor, which, according to them, lingered on the six year old trial

 






  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 27 2014 - Ukraine crisis forces European defense spending rethinkArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) BRUSSELS: Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine may achieve what successive US defense secretaries have failed to do persuade European NATO ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Girl accidentally kills gun instructor with UziArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) DOLAN SPRINGS Arizona: A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi authorities said Tuesday.Charles ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Earthquakes rock Iceland volcanoArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) LONDON: Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.Iceland's Met Office ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Amid Ebola fears Air France urged to stop flightsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) PARIS: France's government is asking Air France to suspend flights to the largest city in Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola epidemic in the region that has killed more than ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Zimbabwe police beat detain opposition protestersArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) HARARE: Zimbabwe riot police detained more than a dozen opposition protesters and beat up others at a demonstration on Wednesday over high unemployment an AFP correspondent ...

 Aug 27 2014 - India PM Modi slams whispering campaign against top ministerArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has denied reports that the son of a top minister was involved in influence peddling seeking to staunch the type of corruption ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Indian woman kills leopard with sickleArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) NEW DELHI: A 56-year-old Indian woman is recovering in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her as she tended her fields armed only with a sickle.The woman told Indian ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Afghan candidate pulls out of election auditArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) KABUL Afghanistan: One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election ...

 Aug 27 2014 - Ground-breaking new Oxford Arabic Dictionary on wayArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) On Thursday August 28 Oxford University Press will celebrate the print and digital publication of the Oxford Arabic Dictionary.Produced by an international team of expert ...

 Aug 27 2014 - IMF chief charged with '0negligence' over graft caseArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) PARIS: IMF chief Christine Lagarde one of the world's most powerful women has announced she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help