LAHORE: Resuming the hearing of a suo-motu case about murder of an orphan allegedly killed by Mustafa Kanju, son of former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Siddique Khan Kanju, the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued directives to Punjab Police Chief to produce prosecution witnesses before the court on November 16.
A three-judge bench led by Justice Amir Hani asked the police to ensure foolproof security to the bereaved family members of Zain Rauf and prosecution witnesses while producing them before the court during next date of hearing.
During the course of proceedings, the bench was apprised that prosecution witnesses in Zain Rauf murder case have retracted their statements against Mustafa Kanju.
On April 1, Mustafa Kanju had allegedly opened fire on a vehicle in the vicinity of Cavalry Ground Lahore, killing Zain Rauf whereas a passer-by was also injured as a result of the firing. An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on October 28 acquitted five accused including Mustafa Kanju and his guards namely Ikramullah, Asif, Saifullah and Sadiq after eight prosecution witnesses, including Sohail Afzal, complainant of the First Information Report reportedly denied to recognise the accused.
Resultantly, due to non-availability of substantial evidence in the matter, the ATC acquitted all the accused.
Taking notice of the matter, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali sought a complete record of the case from the Punjab police and later on formed a three-member bench to hear the Zain murder’s case.
Appearing before the bench in the matter, Additional Advocate General Punjab Razaq A Mirza informed that the provincial government has decided to challenge the acquittal of accused before the Lahore High Court. Besides, the prosecutor said that witnesses have changed their statements by grabbing money from the accused saying the eyewitnesses were forced to put thumb impression on a blank paper.
Later, the bench summoned legal heirs of the deceased Zain Rauf and prosecution witnesses issuing directives to the Inspector General Punjab Police to produce them in foolproof security and adjourned the hearing till November 16.
Source: Business Recorder