Awami National Party’s leader Mian Iftikhar was produced before the court in the murder case of Habibullah.
The court while granting bail to Mian Iftikhar ordered him to submit Rs. 200,000 bail money in the court.
The father of deceased PTI activist in a statement on oath before the court on Monday said that he was pressurized to register FIR against Awami National Party (ANP) central general secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain for the murder of his son.
During the hearing, the victim’s father Sher Alam said neither the ANP leader, nor his guards, were involved in the murder of his son.
“People put pressure on me. Neither Mian Iftikhar nor his guards murdered my son,” he told Judicial Magistrate.
Mian Iftikhar in court said he “could never think of killing anyone”.
“It would have been like killing my own son,” he said. He also said he would do his best to bring Habibullah’s murderer to justice.
The court ordered a judicial lockup for Mian Iftikhar following the hearing. The ANP leader will remain in jail until he is granted bail.
Mian Iftikhar Hussain was arrested on Sunday after the killing of a PTI activist in the Pabbi area of KP’s Nowshera district. The killing took place following a clash between ANP and PTI activists near his Pabbi residence on Saturday night after the announcement of the area’s results of the local government polls held the same day.
The PTI activist died of gunshot wounds sustained during the clash. A case was registered against the veteran ANP leader and his guards on various charges including murder and attempted murder over the complaint of the deceased’s father.
Iftikhar talking to media yesterday said that he was a follower of Bacha Khan and an adherent of the philosophy of non-violence. He could not even think of killing a person.