A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Wednesday (Dec 19) has directed federal government to form a new joint investigation team (JIT) to investigate the killing of prominent social worker and the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) director Parveen Rehman.
As the hearing underway, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed remarked that it was tragic that so far Parveen’s murderers could not be arrested. Raheel Kamran Sheikh, counsel for petitioner, told the SC that “I filed an application for constituting a new JIT including investigators from federal intelligence agencies. However, the government has not constituted the team”. Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar told the court that the application was given to the interior minister on November 8 in connection with the constitution of a new JIT. Interior ministry has solicited opinion from FIA on this count, he added. He accepted that the matter has been hushed up and evidence was destroyed.
Rahman, the director of the Orangi Pilot Project, was shot dead in a targeted attack near the Banaras Flyover in Orangi Town in March 2013, by unidentified armed motorcyclists. The very next day, the police claimed to have killed the alleged mastermind of the assassination plot, a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan operative identified as Qari Bilal, in an encounter. Another suspect, Bilal alias Tension, was also taken into custody but was released by the court last year for want of evidence against him. In March 2015, the police claimed to have arrested one of the prime suspects in Rahman’s murder, Ahmed Khan alias Pappu Kashmiri, from Mansehra in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
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17 November, 2019