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March 13, 2019

Nine suspects remanded for a day in Qasr-e-Naz deaths case


March 13, 2019

A judicial magistrate on Tuesday remanded nine suspects in police custody for one day in the case of six members of a family, including five children, who had died at a government-owned guesthouse last month.

The family was visiting Karachi from Pishin and had stayed at the Qasr-e-Naz overnight, during which this tragedy happened. Initially, it was suspected that they had died of food poisoning. Later, however, the investigation found that they had died of poisoning from a commercial-grade toxic fumigant, aluminium phosphide.

The suspects, who included guesthouse staffers, were presented in the court of District South judicial magistrate-VII by the Preedy police. The investigation officer contended that the suspects were taken into custody for their alleged negligence in spraying the fumigant that is used for agricultural purposes.

The suspects were identified as Nadeem Akhtar Shaikh, chief engineer of the Pakistan Public Works Department; Mehram Ali Barohi, supervisor; Zakir Hussain, assistant executive engineer; Sikandar Hayat, controller guesthouse; Sanobar Khan, contractor; Abdul Hameed, receptionist; Perwez Bhatti, sweeper; Nisar Awan and Sajjad Hussain.

The judge granted the police one day to keep the suspects in physical remand and also ordered the IO to file a progress report in the next hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

Labourers’ deaths

Another court accepted the interim bail request by five people, including the owners and contractors of an under-construction high-rise in Clifton from where six labourers fell to their deaths after the lift they were on broke.

The judge ordered Muhammad Iqbal, Abdul Aziz Memon, Ameer Ali, Munir Memon and Ameen Muhammad Kajani to submit surety worth Rs100,000 in the court to secure bail. He also directed the IO to bring the police file in the next hearing scheduled for March 16, when the arguments will be heard on the maintenance of the interim bail.

Alamgir gets bail

A judicial magistrate granted interim bail to MNA Alamgir Khan, who is also the founder of #FixIt, in a case pertaining to throwing sewage at the gate of the Chief Minister House during a protest. The court ordered Khan to submit a sum of Rs20,000 as surety. The same court had previously granted the same bail to the MNA. He, however, could not submit the surety due to which it had been cancelled.

PTI MPA attack

In the case in which an MPA of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was attacked, the defendants requested the court to transfer the case to a regular court. The counsel representing UC-16 Vice-Chairman Ali Nawaz Soomro, his father Suleman Soomro and brother Shah Nawaz Soomro moved an application before the Anti-Terrorism Court-VIII judge under Section 23 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). He argued that the case did not fall within the ambit of the ATA since it was a personal dispute.

The court fixed March 19 as the date for arguments, directing the prosecution and the defence to submit their contentions on the maintainability of the plea. The MPA from PS-109, Ramzan Ghanchi, was injured after being shot on January 25 over a water dispute allegedly by the defendants.

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