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Court remands Shoaib and his driver in judicial custody
- Friday, May 03, 2013 - From Print Edition




A court has ordered the police to arrest the security guard, who allegedly shot Hamza Hussain dead, and produce him before the court on May 6.


Two suspects in the murder case were remanded in judicial custody on Thursday until May 6, when the court would begin a formal trial of the killing that has brought back memories of the infamous Shahzeb Khan murder case.


Teenage student Hamza was shot dead allegedly by the security guard of his schoolmate, Shoaib, after a conversation turned ugly outside a café in the upscale neighbourhood of Defence on April 27.


The guard has been on the run since but the family of Shoaib surrendered to the police. The next day, Judicial Magistrate (South) Waqar Ahmed Soomro allowed the police to keep the two suspects, Shoaib and his driver Mushtaq, at the Darakhshan police station.


On Thursday, the alleged killers of Hamza were brought to the court. The investigation officer told the court that another suspect, security guard Akmal Rehman, opened fire at the victim and was absconding. The court ordered the interrogation of the two suspects arrested regarding the incident.


The case against the three suspects involved in the murder of the O-Level student has been registered under Sections 302, 114 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code.


Darakhshan police claimed 17-year-old Hamza, who lived on Khayaban-e-Shujaat, studied at a private school in Defence and had a relationship with a girl at the school. Shoaib disliked their friendship, however, and used to tease the girl. Several arguments had taken place between the boys earlier also, the police added.


On April 27, Shoaib called Hamza at the restaurant to finally resolve their differences but their conversation soon turned ugly and they started exchanging hot words. When Hamza finally slapped Shoaib, his guard, Akmal, fired at the boy, critically injuring him. The victim was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he succumbed to his injuries.


The police raided the residence of Shoaib but the suspects were not there and his family was unaware about the incident.


The family claimed to have given Shoaib a guard because of a kidnapping threat, police said. The guard has not been arrested but the police took into custody Shoaib and his driver later on.


In a similar case, a 20-year-old university student, Shahzeb Khan, was gunned down after brawl in Defence on December 25 last year.


His cold-blooded murder had sparked uproar across the country, prompting Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take notice of the incident. Four suspects are being tried for his murder at an anti-terrorism court.