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Karachi court issues arrest warrants for absconding PTI MPA in torture case

Karachi court orders Nadra to block CNIC of PTI MPA. (Source: Facebook)

KARACHI: A Karachi court on Friday issued arrest warrants for Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) MPA Malik Shehzad Awan and other suspects absconding in a case pertaining to the alleged torture of a citizen.

During the hearing, judicial magistrate (West) Asif Raza Meer also directed the National Database and Registration Authority’s (Nadra) Sindh director to block the national identity card of Malik Shehzad and other suspects.

The judicial magistrate also sent a letter to the Sindh Assembly Speaker about his arrest warrant. The court also asked the speaker to facilitate the law enforcement agencies in arresting the absconding MPA. 

At the previous hearing, Investigation Officer (IO) Inspector Jahanzeb had filed an investigation report before the magistrate, which implicated the PTI lawmaker, two named suspects — Imran Shah and Qaiser — and three unidentified suspects for trespassing a citizen’s house in Karachi, committing theft and torturing the citizen.

According to the report, the complainant, Muhammad Aslam Awan, had accused the PTI MPA, along with the other suspects, of trespassing his house in Baldia Town’s Mianwali Para on July 2, 2019. They broke the arm of Malik Aslam’s son Sajjad with the butt stroke of the Kalashnikov, it added.   

The report further stated that the suspects also misbehaved with the women of the house. They also gave death threats to the complainant Malik Aslam. A case against the suspects had been registered under sections 452, 506-B, 382 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The IO said in the report that he had visited the place of the incident, recorded the statements of eyewitnesses and collected material evidence, which proved that MPA Malik, Imran Shah, Qaiser and three others had committed the offences they had been accused of.

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