SC summons witnesses in Zain murder case on November 16

LAHORE: Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday held a hearing on Chief Justice’s suo moto notice over Zain murder case and summoned the bereaved family and prosecutor’s witnesses on November 16.
A three-member bench headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim heard the case during which Additional Advocate General Punjab Razzaq Mirza stated that the provincial government would file a petition in Lahore High Court (LHC) against suspects’ acquittal.
The prosecutor Punjab told the court that witnesses had changed their statements by grabbing money from the criminals. He said that the eyewitnesses were forced to put thumb impression on a blank page.
The apex court further asked that is there any other evidence using which the court can grant punishment to the suspects? The  prosecutor argued that the court has not properly analyzed the investigation officer’s report.
Meanwhile, the claimant stated that he had also filed pleas, urging the officers to record the statements as early as possible on which the bench asked that why the policemen were unaware of these petitions.
Subsequently, the court has adjourned the hearing till November 16 by directing the Inspector General (IG) Punjab to ensure foolproof security of the witnesses.
Earlier, the CJ summoned all the record as the suspects were acquitted by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on October 27.
It is pertinent to mention here that the police personnel arrested two prosecution witnesses in September as they recanted their statements. The police said that the witnesses had recorded in statements that former state minister’s son Mustafa Kanju was drunk and shot the student but retracted later on.

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