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Ahmadi leader’s murder suspects ‘visit’ police again
By Rana Tanveer
LAHORE: All four men accused of murdering a local Ahmadi leader in Ferozewala appeared before the Sheikhupura superintendent of police (SP) (Investigation), accompanied by a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) member of the provincial assembly, to “prove their innocence” on Wednesday.
Eight days have passed since the victim’s family nominated the four men in the FIR but the police have yet to formally arrest the suspects despite getting two chances – when the men visited the police station with PML-N MPA Pir Ashraf Rasool to ‘prove their innocence’. It is important to mention here that the suspects have not moved the court for bail so far.
According to details, two assailants gunned down 70-year-old Muhammad Yousaf while he was at his general store on January 5. A first information report (FIR) was registered at the Ferozewala Police Station, wherein Muhammad Ahmed Fridi, Inamullah son of Shaukat Ali, Ashraf and Haji Arshad were named as the accused. The two assailants were not named in the FIR.
Consent: Syed Amin Bukhari, the SP, told Daily Times that the accused were not on bail and according to the law they should be arrested, but with the consent of the complainant the police had given them a chance to prove their innocence.
The SP said both parties had appeared before him, adding that he had given them a few days to resolve the matter through a local panchayat. He said the accused had guaranteed their cooperation and would not evade the police.
Influence: However, Faatehul Din, the complainant and son of the murdered Ahmadi leader, told Daily Times the accused had been given undue favour by the police and PML-N MPA Pir Ashraf Rasool. He said he had never asked the police not to arrest the accused. He said the MPA accompanied the accused to the office of the SP to influence the police.
Suspects are innocent: The MPA told Daily Times that the four men were innocent. He said he had advised the four not to get bails as they were innocent, adding that the competent authority to decide the case were the police and the courts. Ashraf said he was ready to hand over the men to police custody.
Saleemud Din, a spokesperson for the Jamaat-e-Ahmadia, told Daily Times the accused were being given undue favour.