Asma Rani murder case transferred to Peshawar ATC

11:05 AM | 7 Apr, 2018
Asma Rani murder case transferred to Peshawar ATC
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PESHAWAR - The Peshawar High Court ordered the transfer of Kohat medical student Asma Rani's murder from Kohat to an anti-terrorism court in Peshawar on Friday.

The directives were issued by acting Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court Waqar Ahmad Seth who also instructed to transfer the bail petitions of the suspected killers, to the same court on a petition filed by Asma’s brother, Mohammad Irfan.

In his petition, Irfan claimed that the suspected killers belonged to an influential family of Kohat and therefore, it was impossible for him and his family to pursue the case there.

Upon this, Justice Waqar ordered that the case be heard by the ATC No 1, Peshawar on Apr 16.

Earlier, last month, the high court had ordered the transfer of the bail petitions of suspects to the court of Peshawar’s district and sessions judge, however, due to inclusion of the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act in the FIR, the petitions weren’t addressed by the sessions court following which Irfan pleaded the high court for the transfer of the case to the ATC.

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Asma Rani, a student of third year at the International Medical College, Abbottabad was gunned down on Jan 27 after she turned down the marriage proposal of Muajhidullah, the prime suspect in the case.

The accused fled to the UAE but was arrested after the Interpol issued his red notices on the request of Pakistani government following which he was shifted to Pakistan last month.

Asma had named Mujahidullah as her killer in dying declaration, a video of which stumped the internet and sparked outrage among activists.

Ghulam Mohiuddin Malik, the lawyer for the petitioner, said the affluent suspects had links with Aftab Alam, the district president of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

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The lawyer said several relatives of the suspects were practising lawyers and the petitioner tried to engage a counsel in Kohat but no one agreed.