Karachi

Court grants five days’ bail extension to Zulfikar Mirza

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday granted five days’ bail extension to Zulfikar Mirza, while it also charged Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) with the security of the ex-home minister, ARY News reported.

The lawyers of Zulfikar Mirza had pleaded with the SHC that the ex-home minister is on protective bail in a case registered against him by Darakshan police for harassing policemen. They stated that Mirza seeks to appear before the trial court, however government measures indicate that he will be arrested and killed subsequently.

The lawyers moved the court to extend Mirza’s protective bail.

Meanwhile, as soon as Zulfikar Mirza reached the SHC, police arrested his bodyguards and subjected everyone present there to brutal torture including media men.

At this the court sought CCTV footage of the premises and report on police torture from the registrar office.

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The court was promptly provided footage of police deployment at the SHC and in its surroundings, while it was also told that the home secretary, IG Sindh and DIG South are not receiving phone calls.

Following this, the court heard Mirza’s plea and extended his protective bail by five days.

The SHC also ordered for measures to ensure safety of Zulfikar Mirza and to provide him complete security till his appearance before the concerned court on Monday morning.

The court also barred authorities from arresting the former home minister in any case until his appearance before the trial court, nor to register any other case against him.

The SHC directed the DG Rangers, IG Sindh and Additional IG Karachi to provide security to Zulfikar Mirza, following which the Rangers took charge of his security and escorted him to his residence under a security buffer.

Moreover, the court summoned the IG Sindh, home secretary, chief secretary on Monday and ordered them to submit their reply over the contempt of court orders and the unrest which took place in its surroundings today.

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