Two Pak Army officers to face court martial
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 13:51
Lahore: A court on Wednesday ordered that two Pakistan Army majors and a soldier accused of involvement in the death by torture of a drug peddler should face court martial in a military court.

District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Rasheed Qamar of Gujranwala in Punjab province said he should be updated every fortnight about progress in the court martial of Maj Syed Kamran Hashmi, Maj Nazir Ahmad and the soldier, currently serving with the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF).

The two army officers were earlier freed less than 48 hours after they were arrested on the orders of the judge after the cancellation of their interim bail.

The hide and seek game by the army officers ended yesterday, when the court sent them and four of their subordinates to jail on remand.

The army had earlier sought custody of the two officers so that they could face court martial.

The six ANF personnel, along with 19 others, were accused of torturing an alleged drug peddler Zulfikar Ahmed to death.

A case was registered against them in June 2009 on the orders of the Lahore High Court after Ahmed's mother Sughran Bibi filed a petition seeking justice.

The accused were granted interim bail but they did not appear in court for two years.

When they appeared in the court of Judge Qamar for confirmation of their bail on Saturday, he got them arrested in the courtroom.

But police released the two army officers on the order of some "influential quarters", reports said.

The matter was finally resolved yesterday when they were arrested and remanded to judicial custody.


First Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 13:51

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