Mureed Abbas murder suspect backtracks on recording confession

12:43 AM | 24 Jul, 2019
Mureed Abbas murder suspect backtracks on recording confession
KARACHI - The prime suspect in the murder of TV anchor Mureed Abbas refused to record a confessional statement on Tuesday and instead decided to fight the legal battle.

Atif Zaman was brought from the hospital under strict security to the Karachi City Court in an ambulance for appearance before the judicial magistrate and to record his confession.

A day earlier, the case's investigation officer (IO), Atiqur Rehman, had requested the court that the accused wished to record his confessional statement.

The Investigation Officer informed the court today that Zaman was present in an ambulance outside but it would be difficult to bring him to the courtroom.

Upon this, the judicial magistrate walked to Zaman to record his statement inside the ambulance; the court had asked Zaman as to whether he wished to record his statement if he was in a stable mental state.

Zaman was also inquired whether he was under duress to record the statement or not, informing him to consider the consequences of recording the confession; he was given some time to rethink before the recording of statement.

After some time, the judicial magistrate met Zaman in the ambulance again and inquired if he wished to record the statement.

Upon this, Zaman declined and said he did not want to do so as he had hired legal counsel and would fight his case.

The IO had requested physical remand for the accused, however, the court rejected it.

Atif Zaman's lawyer expressed that his client wanted to record his statement but was facing pressure.

The case relates to the murder of private TV anchor Mureed Abbas as well as Khizar Hayat, who happened to be the business partner of Atif Zaman.

Zaman, in his video statement after the murder, confided that he was not doing any sort of business and simply handed over profit to the investors from the investment of others.

'I handed over profit at 20-25% ratio,' Zaman said in the statement recorded after the murder.

Zaman detailed that he was wary of Khizar Hayat and feared that he would do something to get his money back.

The prime suspect in the murder had admitted that he purchased property in Karachi, bought three cars and toured around different countries as well.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 22, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.75 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 297 and selling rate is 299.5 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.75.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.7 280.85
Euro EUR 294.3 297.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.85 73.6
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.98 748.98
Canadian Dollar CAD 202 204
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.7 917.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.75 731.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.21 317.71
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74


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