Controversial Rana Maqbool appointed as Prosecution secy
* Former Sindh IGP is accused of torturing Asif Zardari during his imprisonment in Karachi
Aaj Kal Report
LAHORE: The Punjab government has appointed former Sindh inspector general of police (IGP) Rana Maqbool Ahmed as the Public Prosecution Department secretary.
Rana Maqbool and several other high ranking police officials are accused of unlawfully obtaining the physical custody of Asif Ali Zardari, when he was being held in a Karachi prison, in 1999 and subjecting him to torture and forcing him to record incriminatory statements. According to the prosecution, Zardari suffered injuries to his tongue and other parts of his body due to the torture while the police refused to register an FIR against the officials, attributing the injuries to Zardari’s bid to commit suicide instead.
On April 19, 2008, a close aide to PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif had told Daily Times that Nawaz had conveyed a message to General (r) Ziauddin Butt – the former director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) who was appointed chief of army staff by Nawaz triggering the coup by Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf in 1999 – and Rana Maqbool that they would be “accommodated at an opportune time”.
Talking to Aaj Kal, political observers said the move could destabilise the reconciliation process initiated by the Pakistan People’s Party. They said the decision was “a matter of additional concern” as it was made while President Zardari was out of the country. (Daily Times)
Prosecution seeks suspension of police officer’s bail
The Prosecution Department filed an application in the Sindh High Court (SHC) seeking suspension of the former Superintendent, Prisons, Najaf Mirza’s bail in PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari’s attempt-to-murder case.
Ex-Senator Saifur Rehman, ex-IG Rana Maqbool along with Najaf Mirza and others are facing trial before the Sessions Court following the SHC’s direction. The Prosecutor-General, Shahdat Awan, filed an application for suspension of the bail of defendant police officer and transfer of the trial to another sessions court. He contended that the Sessions Court had erred in granting bail to the defendant as previously the trial court had already dismissed the bail. He also assailed the order of transfer of trial and prayed the court to set aside the transfer order.
Additional District and Sessions Judge, South, on September 13, 2006, granting police report submitted by Investigation Officers under Section 173 Cr.P.C for C class disposed of attempt to murder case filed by Asif Ali Zardari against ex-Senator Saifur Rehman, his brother Mujeebur Rehman, ex-IG, Sindh, Rana Maqbool, DIG, Karachi, Farooq Amin Qureshi, and ex-Superintendent, Jail, Najaf Mirza, observing that -no sufficient evidence was found against the defendants.
However, the SHC set aside the trial court order on PPP Co-Chairman’s plea who sought trial of the defendants as they attempted to kill him during his incarceration in May 1999.