Senior police officers, politicians shared extorted loot, Uzair “confesses” – Journal
KARACHI: Lyari’s alleged leader Uzair Baloch has “confessed” to collecting bhatta (protection money) from officials and people at the behest of politicians with the connivance of senior Karachi police officers.
These revelations occurred in an admission by the alleged gangster registered before a judicial magistrate under article 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
The confession statement was recently submitted by the prosecutor to the XVI Anti-Terrorism Court, which is conducting the trial against Uzair in three criminal cases.
In the confession statement, the head of the late Amn People’s Committee revealed that he used to collect bhatta from different government departments and people, especially the Sindh Fisheries Department.
He claimed that 2 million rupees was paid to him per month while 10 million rupees of protection money was paid per month to Faryal Talpur, a sister of former president Asif Zardari of the fisheries department.
Says the former fisheries presidents were appointed on his recommendation
“Dr Saeed Baloch and Dr Nisar Morai have been appointed chairpersons of the fisheries department on my recommendations,” Baloch added in his statement.
Uzair Baloch further revealed that he had “friendly” ties with then-capital police officer Karachi Waseem Ahmed, Chief Police Superintendent Farooq Awan and his brother, Shahadat Awan, then former. Attorney General of Sindh.
The suspect allegedly helped the two Awan brothers to encroach on land, including 10/15 acres located in Samoon Goth.
He also revealed that he collected 200,000 to 150,000 Rs per month in extortion in the areas of the then SSP Farooq Awan and gave the same to the latter.
The court summoned the judicial magistrate, who had recorded the confession, to appear the next day to record his testimony and adjourned the approach.
On the latest date, the judge expressed resentment at the prosecution for its failure to interview a key witness (judicial magistrate) in three cases against Uzair Baloch and ordered the Sindh Attorney General to ensure that that the witness be questioned at the next hearing. .
The judge noted that a judicial magistrate, who had recorded Uzair’s confession and was the last prosecution witness to be questioned in these cases, appeared before him “five times to record his testimony”, but the the prosecution had not questioned him. on the unavailability of an envelope containing the confession memo.
The court deplored that the prosecution did not have in its possession the key to the requested document and that such weakness on its part was delaying the trial.
The judge asked the Sindh Attorney General to ensure that the judicial magistrate and the required documents are presented to the court to record his testimony.
Posted in Dawn, June 25, 2021