Perween Rahman murder case adjourned till November 3
High profile murder case of Perween Rahman on Thursday (today) has been adjourned by the anti-terrorism court (ATC) and the final verdict will be given on November 3.
The court saved its final verdict after hearing arguments of both prosecution and defence on October 15. The final verdict was to be given today (October 28) against the five suspects named Imran Swati, Abdul Raheem Swati, Ayaz Shamzai, Ahmed Ali and Amjad Khan. But, during the hearing of high profile murder case, the state’s counsel pleaded for conspiring crime charges against the suspects should be also included in the case as there is enough evidence. After hearing the arguments, the court ordered the lawyer to present the evidence and argument in the next hearing and adjourned the hearing until November 3.
Federal Investigation (FIA) counsel gave his argument regarding one accused involved, Qari Bilal. The lawyer said that he has nothing to do with the murder of Perween Rahman as was killed in an encounter with the police. Judge questioned that how the bullet shells of the gun of Qari Bilal matched with the murder of Perween Rahman if he has nothing to do with the murder?
It should be mentioned that in the previous court hearings, the accused pleaded not guilty.
Parween Rahman was shot on her way home from work on March 13, 2013. On the Manghopir Road near Banaras, shooters on motorcycles opened fire on her car. She was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where she couldn’t survive and met her demise. She was documenting people who live in Karachi’s villages (goths), which any official agency does not govern. It did, however, pose a challenge to the land mafia because it would have granted individuals property rights. In Karachi, Rahman mapped over 2,000 urban villages.
She also led the team that created a sewage disposal plan for Karachi, which the city government approved. Rahman was a champion for Orangi’s youth and women and a role model for many. Her death was widely mourned across the country.