Dec 142017

A second suspect linked to the murder of Karachi college student Zafir Ahmed Zuberi near the city's Do Darya area earlier this month was identified by three eyewitnesses in court on Thursday.

The eyewitnesses, who appeared in the court of a judicial magistrate today, were able to identify Abdul Rehman, one of the 10 absconders in the case.

Once of the eyewitnesses who identified Rehman told the court that he is a friend of Dr Abdul Raheem, a motorcyclist who was hit by the victim's car.

The eyewitnesses also placed Rehman at the site of the shooting and said that he had broken the windows of the victim's car.

The Investigative Officer in the case said that some of the ammunition used in the shooting belonged to Rehman.

Zafir and his friend Zaid were on their way to have breakfast at the beach on Dec 3 when they had a minor accident with Dr Abdul Raheem's motorbike.

After the accident, suspects travelling in a double-cabin vehicle had chased them and opened indiscriminate fire on the youths' Mercedes in what seemed to be an act of vengeance around 9am on Abdul Sattar Edhi Avenue, police said.

As a result, the two passengers sustained bullet wounds and were transported to a private hospital where doctors pronounced Zafir, 18, dead, and Zaid received treatment for a bullet wound.

A case was registered under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 324 (attempted murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the deceased’s father, Fahim Ahmed Zuberi, at the Sahil Police Station.

The IO in the case named three brothers: Haider Hussain Burney, Hasan Hussain Burney and Hasnain Hussain Burney; Raza Hussain Burney and his brother Haris Hussain Burney; Danish, Hammad, Noman, Umar Pirwani; and a woman, Mehak, as the co-accused in the remand papers.

They are all currently absconding.

‘History of violence’

Investigators have also stated that Khawar Hussain Burney, the main suspect in the case who was remanded in police custody on Dec 6, has a history of "violence and interest in arms" and strongly suspect his involvement in a similar incident sometime back.

SSP South Javed Akbar Riaz had told Dawn that the suspect had told police that following Dr Raheem's accident, he and his friends thought that their colleague had died.

He had quoted the suspect as saying that they chased Zafir and Zaid and their vehicles had hit each other during the chase, but the victims had not stopped.

The suspects had said that they then continued their chase and opened fire on the tyres of the victims' cars, but the indiscriminate firing resulted in the tragedy.

The accused had claimed that he was in a "fit of rage and became hyper" since he thought the motorcyclist had been killed in the accident. He gave this as his reason for shooting one of the victims dead and injuring another.

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