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ATC indicts Swati in Parveen murder case

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court-IV in the metropolis indicted Raheem Swati, the main accused in the murder case of Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) Director Parveen Rehman. According to prosecution, Swati along with five accomplices had murdered Rehman in 2013. He was arrested on tip-off from Manghopir area of the city by Karachi police in May 2016. Police claimed to have recovered a 9mm pistol and a hand grenade from his possession. Following the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s directives, a special police team was formed under the supervision of SSP West, and while SP Orangi was selected to lead the operation to nab Swati. He was booked under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act as well as Section 353, 324 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). Swati refused to accept the charges against him. The court directed the prosecution to produce witnesses in the next hearing. Two fugitives in the case, Noor Muhammad and Ahsanuddin had also been declared absconders by the ATC. Parveen Rehman, a vocal activist working against land and water mafia, was shot dead near her office in Orangi Town on March 13, 2013. The very next day, police killed a man, Qari Bilal in an encounter and claimed that he was involved in the Rehman’s murder and was affiliated with a banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The Supreme Court of Pakistan on April 15th 2014 ordered the authorities to conduct a fresh probe into the murder after a judicial inquiry revealed that police officers had manipulated the investigation. The other prime suspect in the case, Ahmed Khan alias Pappu Kashmiri was apprehended from Mansehra in March 2015. –PPI

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