Supreme Court of Pakistan has once again ordered a special Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report to be submitted, giving the federal government a final opportunity to make progress in the Arshad Sharif murder case.
According to details, Arshad Sharif’s murder case was heard in the Supreme Court, in a 5-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial.
Attorney General Mansoor Usman and Additional Attorney General Aamir Rahman were present in court, and the Chief Justice stated that no response has been received from the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) yet, and that the JIT is preparing to go to the US again.
Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi remarked that the JIT should explain their purpose and clarify that no material has been provided yet. The Additional Attorney General stated that they have collected four interim reports on the investigations so far and will highlight one paragraph from these four reports.
JIT requested permission to travel abroad again after five months, and Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi asked if there had been any progress made in the Arshad Sharif murder case apart from coming and going. The Attorney General informed the court that the PFSA has responded to the request after five months and requested them to translate their response into Arabic and affix a seal on each page, to which the Chief Justice responded that English is acceptable everywhere now.
Attorney General informed the court that all 20 numbers belong to those who were present in Jai Wardat, and all numbers were provided by Kenyan authorities. JIT will depart for Dubai and Kenya on May 17th.
Justice Mazahir Naqvi asked whether Kenya has the authority to record WhatsApp calls? The Attorney General said he could not say anything about this, to which Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar inquired, “If there is no agreement between Kenya and Pakistan, how will the record be obtained?”
Justice Mazahir Naqvi remarked that there are severe reservations about the government’s seriousness, and even the warrants of Khurram and Waqar have not yet been issued. Is the government negotiating the execution of warrants with someone? Issuing warrants is a matter of minutes, I don’t understand why warrants are being made so complicated.
In the Arshad Sharif murder case, the Supreme Court once again rejected a special JIT report and gave the federal government the final opportunity to make progress in the Arshad Sharif murder case.
Chief Justice of Pakistan remarked, “We do not need reports that show no progress, two officers provided a fake finding report with many statements and evidence. Special JIT made no progress.”
Justice Omar Ata Bandial said that when the hearing was scheduled last week, JIT met with the Kenyan High Commission, why has no progress been made since the last hearing? Why did the officers who made the finding report in the special JIT not appear before the JIT?