Anti Terrorist Court-II (ATC-II), Rawalpindi, on Saturday acquitted Hafiz Nazar, who was arrested on June 19 by Islamabad Police for his suspected involvement in the assassination of slain Shahbaz Bhatti, former federal minister for minorities affairs.
The Islamabad Police produced the suspect in the court of ATC-II judge Pervaiz Shah in Rawalpindi and demanded eights days physical remand for further investigation. The judge asked the police if they had gathered any evidence during previously obtained five-day physical remand. The police could not produce any credible evidence of Hafiz Nazar’s involvement in the killing of Bhatti. They also could not prove any criminal record of the accused. The court while refusing the request of Islamabad Police ordered acquittal of the accused. When contacted, SHO Industrial Area Sajjad Bokhari, who is Investigation Officer in the case, said the accused was presented into ATC in Rawalpindi adding that the police requested for more eight days’ physical remand of the accused, which the court did not accept and ordered his release.
Police had arrested Hafiz Nazar when a member of provincial assembly from Sargodha Naveed Chaudhry had passed on information about Bhatti’s murder to the Islamabad Police, he added. He said Hafiz Nazar Muhammad was booked at I-9 Police Station under Section 302/34 of Pakistan Penal Code. He said on Monday the police obtained a five-day physical remand of the accused from an Anti-Terrorism Court