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Deadly land disputes: Taji Khokar withdraws pre-arrest bail request

ISLAMABAD: 

Imtiaz Ahmed, alias Taji Khokhar, a suspect in the murder of a young man, withdrew his pre-arrest bail application on Friday.

According to the police, he is allegedly involved in the murder of Khalid Farooq, a resident of Dhoke Gangal. His counsel Advocate Sardar Ishaq who withdrew his client’s pre-arrest bail application stated that Imtiaz was already in custody for another murder.

The Dhoke Gangal murder case is pending before Additional District and Sessions Judge (East) Muhammad Azam Khan.

The Koral police had registered a first information report (FIR) against four suspects, Imtiaz, Imran Shahzad, Sajid Hussain and Muhammad Tanveer for killing Farooq under Section 302. They were arrested and produced before the court, but Imtiaz had filed for pre-arrest bail. Later on July 27, he was arrested by the Rawalpindi police in another murder case and an anti-terrorism court (ATC) sent him on judicial remand for two weeks.

Earlier, on June 17, the court had issued arrest warrants for Imtiaz and other suspects. According to the FIR, Imtiaz had tried to occupy Farooq’s land and when he resisted the attempt, Imtiaz and his accomplices killed him. Farooq had been living with his family in Dhoke Gangal since 1980.

Imtiaz is the brother of former NA deputy speaker Nawaz Khokhar and uncle of former PM’s adviser on human rights Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2013.


Deadly land dispute: Taji Khokhar sent on judicial remand

RAWALPINDI: 

A trial court on Tuesday sent Imtiaz Khokhar alias Taji to Adiala Jail on judicial remand for 14 days. Khokhar is accused of murdering Sabira Bibi over a land dispute.

At the end of the four-day physical remand, Station House Officer (SHO) Azhar Hussain Shah produced Taji Khokhar, the brother of former National Assembly deputy speaker Nawaz Khokhar, before Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Special Judge Rana Masood Akhter and sought an extension in physical remand.

Opposing the police’s request for remand, the defence counsel argued before the court that his client had not killed the lady, nor was he present at the crime scene when the murder was committed by unknown assailants. He claimed his client was being embroiled in the case by his political opponents.

After hearing the arguments, the court rejected the police’s request and sent Imtiaz to Adiala Jail for 14 days on judicial remand.

The defence council also filed a bail plea on his client’s behalf for which the court asked the police for the case record.

Meanwhile, the court also confirmed interim pre-arrest bail for Raja Arshad and Raja Amjad, co-accused in the Sabira Bibi murder case, ordering them to submit surety bonds worth Rs100,000 each.

Similarly, the trial court extended the physical remand of police constable Arshad for two days. Arshad videotaped the firing at the crime scene where Sabira was murdered. Airport police took Arshad to a police station for further investigation.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2013.


Taji Khokhar exemption request turned down

ISLAMABAD: Imtiaz Ahmed, alias Taji Khokhar, a suspect in the death of a young man who was allegedly murdered over a land dispute, appeared before a trial court on Tuesday.

Imtiaz appeared before Additional District and Sessions Judge (East) Muhammad Azam Khan escorted by dozens of security guards. Due to Imtiaz’s presence in the district court, litigants were inconvenienced as they were stopped from entering the court in his presence.

The court adjourned the case till June 6, directing him to appear in person so that the case could proceed. Imtiaz’s counsel Sardar Ishaq requested the court to exempt his client from appearing on the next date of hearing due to security reasons. The judge asked him to ensure his client’s presence, stating that the court would provide security.

On June 17, the court had issued arrest warrants for Imtiaz and other suspects involved in the murder of Khalid Farooq, a resident of Dhoke Gangal. The FIR was registered by Koral police some three weeks later on February 12, against Imtiaz, Imran Shahzad, Sajid Hussain and Muhammad Tanveer for killing Farooq under Section 302. The police had arrested three suspected murderers, but they could not arrest Imtiaz, who belongs to a politically influential family. In a written statement, the complainant accused Investigation Officer (IO) Arshad Ali of trying to protect Imtiaz, on whose orders Farooq was  allegedly killed.

Complainant Aneesul Arifeen had maintained that Imtiaz was an influential land grabber due to which the police were trying to destroy evidence against him. He informed the court that the charge-sheet the IO had submitted before the court did not include Imtiaz’s name and he had not been arrested.

According to the FIR, Imtiaz had tried to occupy Farooq’s land, and when he resisted the attempt, Khokhar and his accomplices killed him. Farooq had been living with his family in Dhoke Gangal since 1980. Imtiaz is former premier’s adviser on human rights Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar’s uncle and former NA deputy speaker Nawaz Khokhar’s brother. Imtiaz is also accused of involvement in the murder of Sabira Bibi, who had challenged his alleged attempt to occupy her land in court. The murder case is pending before the SC.

He had escaped to Dubai after his name was placed on the ECL. Imtiaz returned after getting pre-arrest bail in the first week of June.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2013.