Sindh police have told an anti-terrorism court in Karachi that the names of 13 accused in the murder case of Nazim Jokhio, including National Assembly member Jam Abdul Karim and Provincial Assembly member Jam Owais Ghuram, should be removed on the ground of non-availability of evidence.
The challan was presented to the administrative judge of the anti-terrorism court by the investigating officer of the case, Siraj Lashari. The court directed investigating officer Siraj Lashari to appear on the April 14.
Investigating Officer Siraj Lashari said that these names have been included in column two due to non-availability of evidence and now it is up to the court to decide whether to include them or remove them.
The accused have been named in accordance with the affidavits given by the heirs of Nazim Jokhio and the latest developments.
Earlier, Nazim Jokhio’s widow Shirin Jokhio had announced to pardon the accused.
The final challan of the police informed the court that one accused Niaz Salar has been declared a fugitive in the case while two accused Haider Ali and Mir Ali are in police custody.
The challan was accompanied by a post-mortem report of the victim, report of Punjab Forensic Lab, CCTV camera, recording DVR, burnt mobile phone of the victim and a list of other items, which were investigated by the police.
13 names are recommended to be removed from list including Member of National Assembly Jam Abdul Karim, Member Provincial Assembly Jam Owais Ghuram, Ata Muhammad and Muhammad Zahid.
How did Nazim Jokhio die?
Family members of the young Nazim Jokhio alleged that the Nazim had stopped some foreign hunters from hunting for Houbara bustard (Taloor) in his area and made a video of them, after which he was allegedly tortured to death.
Afzal Ahmed Jokhio, brother of the Nazimuddin, had stated in the FIR last year that he was a resident of Salar Goth, Malir District and that some foreign nationals had come to his village in connection with Houbra bustard hunting. He and his brother Nazim stopped them from hunting in the village and made a video of them after which the foreigners left.
The petitioner had alleged in the police FIR that he and his brother Nazim were summoned by PPP MPA Jam Owais alias Ghuram at 11 pm and when he reached there, Jam Owais with his fellows beaten his brother to death with sticks.
Younis Butt, a police officer on duty in the FIR, had said that he had been informed by a person named Meraj over the telephone that there was a tortured body outside the Jam House in Jamgoth which was shifted to Jinnah Hospital secretly by an ambulance.
The investigating officer in the Nazim Jokhio murder case said in the challan that people belonging to the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates come to Thatta district of Sindh with their companions for hunting every year. They get permission from the government of Pakistan and they also pay annual fees.
The foreigners have also set up a camp in the Thatta district where they stay during hunting days. According to the challan, locals have been hired to look after the camp and they are being paid.
According to the police, people from UAE also have ceremonies with Jam Abdul Karim and Jam Owais alias Ghuram as the hunting camp is in the area where Jam brothers are influencers.
Investigative police say that at the end of October last year, some people from the United Arab Emirates had come to the said hunting camp.