Female demands transferring of court case from Larkana to Islamabad

Islamabad: Miss Nayab Sikander Umrani who said is the lone surviving member of her family has demanded the Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari that due to death threats her case should be transferred to Islamabad from the anti-terrorism court Larkana, Sindh.

In a statement, Miss. Umrani said: “The special case No.1 of 2019 Crime No.33 of 2018 be transferred to Islamabad along with the bail application/removal of section 7 of ATA application filed in Larkana High Court.” She recalled that her entire family was murdered in a series of attacks in 2015 in Sindh and Balochistan and just last year her elder sister who was a lawyer by profession and fighting her brothers’ murder case was also killed by the same people.

However, she said that then Chief Justice Saqib Nisar took Suo Moto notice on her application, leading to the arrest of all culprits under HRC No. 39438-/S/2018. She said that the cases were initially heard in anti-terrorism court Shikarpur, Sindh but then transferred without her consent to the anti-terrorism court Larkana bearing the title as Special Case No. 01/2009 Re-State versus Liaqat Ali Umrani and others.

She said that she had demanded the case be transferred to Islamabad instead of Larkana but that was left redundant, albeit that the culprits had filed a bail application in Larkana High Court and also application for removal of Section 7 of the terrorism act in her sisters murder case. It is pertinent to mention her that she is survivor of her family along with her sister and a disabled brother and also one of the main witnesses of her sister’s murder.

She went on to say that due to death threats she had to shift to Islamabad last year and her lawyers in Larkana had time and again rescued themselves due to strong influence of the culprits being close to the political party in that province. “I face serious death threats and cannot go to Sindh to defend my case. My sister was murdered in her home in Jacobabad despite having applied for police protection,” she added.

“My humble request to your auspicious office (Ministry for Human Rights) is that I’m unable to go there or find any legal help to defend my case, I demand the above mentioned case in anti-terrorism court Larkana (Special Case No.1 of 2019 Crime No.33 of 2018) should be transferred to Islamabad along with the bail application/removal of section 7 of ATA application filed in Larkana High Court,” she added.

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