Mr Bashir Ahmed Khoso, the judge of an anti-terrorsim court in Karachi on Monday acquitted the former Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Ali Mirza and his 51 associates in a case pertaining to the attack on Model Police Station Badin in 2015. On Saturday the ATC after hearing arguments from both sides had reserved its judgment in the case.
Dr Mirza, along with his 51 associates, was charged with storming a police station, abusing police officers, rioting, blocking a road and damaging property during a sit-in on May 3, 2015 in Badin city. The ATC judge, while announcing the reserved verdict, acquitted Mirza and his aides in the case. According to the prosecution, the complainant, the then SHO Model Police Station Badin, Mr Wali Mohammad Chang lodged an FIR, alleging that Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza along with his supporters armed with deadly weapons forcibly entered the police station and wanted to lodge a complaint against the then president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Ms Faryal Talpur, the then IG police Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali, and the then SSP Badin Khalid Mustafa Korai .
It further mentioned that the then DSP Badin Abdul Qadir Samoon told him to seek permission of high-ups on which Dr Mirza got infuriated and hurled threats at him and also damaged the mobile phone of Mr Samoon.The case was lodged under relevant sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 at the Badin model police station. The arrest of his cose associate Naddem Mughal by CIA police had prompted Dr Mirza and supporters to gather at the police station and demanded the registration of the FIR.
Ghulam Mohammad Khowaja aka Dilber Sindhi, the close aide of Dr Mirza, who was also nominated in the same FIR when contacted told this reporter that Dr Mirza and his close associates were given the justice and acquitted in another case which was registered against them on the false and fabricated charges on the behest of the PPP leaders. ” More than 15 such cases were registered against us not only in the police stations of Badin district but also in other districts of the province” added Mr Sindhi. Dilber Sindhi hoped that they would also get justice in the remaining 3 such cases pending against them in the courts.