ATC sentences Karachi cop to death for staging fake encounter

ATC sentences Karachi cop to death for staging fake encounter

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An anti-terrorism court (ATC) has awarded the death sentence to a cop after finding him guilty of killing a citizen in a staged encounter at Karachi’s Shahrah-e-Faisal two years ago.

The defendant and his accomplices have been accused of killing Maqsood, who was traveling in a rickshaw, and injured Abdul Rauf, a rickshaw driver, in Shahrah-e-Faisal on January 18, 2018.

The culprits had painted the incident as an encounter between police and robbers.

The ATC sentenced capital punishment to Assistant Sub-Inspector Tariq while acquitted constables Abdul Waheed, Muhammad Shaukat, and Akbar Khan of the charges.

Meanwhile, the court issued a perpetual warrant for the arrest of the absconding accused, Ashiq Hussain Chachar.

The judge also ordered the convicted Tariq to pay 200,000 rupees to the victim’s 27-year-old Maqsood’s family.

Initially, the case was registered against an unidentified person because the police claimed that the victim was actually shot and killed when the robber attacked the police.

However, according to the order of the court, Maqsood’s father complained that his son was killed by police and not by robbers, so he filed a lawsuit.

Later, on the recommendation of the investigating officer, Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Law was added to the case.

ASI Tariq was named as the main suspect in the case while Akbar and Waheed were charged with not adopting a proper strategy to arrest the robbers and trying to conceal the facts about the killing of Maqsood.

The ASI Tariq and Akbar were armed and they did not adopt a proper strategy to arrest the robbers, read the investigation report, unveiling that the former’s firing had left Maqsood dead and the rickshaw driver wounded and they all together tried to hide the facts.

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