SC orders special JIT to submit its progress report after every two weeks

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Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Special Joint Investigation Team (JIT) constituted to probe senior journalist Arshid Sharif killing to file its progress report after every two weeks.

A five-judge larger SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar heard the case.

The Additional Attorney General (AAG) Amir Riaz while filing notification of newly constituted special JIT told the court that new special JIT comprises representatives of Islamabad police and ISI. The representatives of IB and FIA have also been included in new special JIT.

The five members special JIT headed by DIG Headquarters Owais Ahmad includes DIG Sajid Kayani from IB, Waqar ud Din Syed from FIA, Muhammad Aslam from ISI and Murtaza Afzal from MI.

AAG further told the court new JIT comprises five members. All the members included in JIT are of 20 grade officers.

The CJP remarked foreign ministry has shown the way to JIT. Foreign ministry has given good proposals in its report.

AAG said if need be Interpol will be contacted to arrest the accused persons.
Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar inquired JIT will complete its investigation in what period.

AAG said the investigation will be at the mercy of cooperation from Kenyan police. Investigation team will do utmost on their part that the investigation is completed as soon as possible.
Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar inquired it is possible the accused may appear on their own. If the accused persons don’t appear then the legal course can be adopted.

The SC while ordering newly constituted special JIT to file progress report after every two weeks remarked SSP Islamabad and his team will cooperate with JIT. The foreign ministry has given proposals for legal assistance and handing over the accused. According to foreign ministry every possible cooperation will be extended to JIT.

The CJP remarked we give two weeks time to JIT regarding Arshid Sharif murder case. If JIT faced any hurdle it should submit application forthwith.

The court adjourned the hearing of Arshid Sharif murder case till the first week of January.

Earlier Foreign ministry has told in its written reply filed in the court in Arshid Sharif murder case that foreign office is in complete contact with of foreign offices of Kenya and UAE in connection with complete awareness about the case.