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Cases against Dr Mirza transferred to Karachi ATC

Cases against Dr Mirza transferred to Karachi ATC

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Friday transferred the recent cases registered against former home minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza from the Hyderabad Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) to the Karachi ATC-1.

The decision came on a reference sent by Hyderabad ATC Judge Abdul Ghafoor Memon who had expressed his inability to proceed with the cases on the grounds that Dr Mirza’s father Justice Zafar Hussain Mirza had been his senior in the profession when he was an advocate.

Dr Mirza and dozens of his associates and supporters were booked in four different cases including storming of the Badin police station and forcing local traders to observe a shutdown.

The SHC had granted his protective bail till May 9 and directed him to appear before the trial court for obtaining pre-arrest bail.

Meanwhile, Dr Mirza on Thursday moved another application in the SHC seeking details of cases registered against him.

In a related development, Pakistan Peoples Party MNA Faryal Talpur, who is also a sister of the party’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, has filed an application in the SHC to become intervener in Dr Mirza’s petition in which he had expressed fears for his life and termed Mr Zardari and Muttahida Qaumi Move­ment chief Altaf Hussain his “biggest enemies”.

— An earlier version of the story had incorrectly reported Justice Retd Zafar Hussain Mirza as deceased. Justice (r) Hussain passed away on August 27, 2015. The error is regretted

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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