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Parveen Rehman

KARACHI: The Anti-Terrorism Court-VII on Monday reserved its order on an application for framing of amended charges against the accused in the Parween Rahman murder case.

Suspects Abdul Raheem Swati, his son Mohammad Imran Swati and three co-accused — Ayaz Shamzai aka Swati, Amjad Hussain Khan and Ahmed Khan aka Ahmed Ali aka Pappu Kashmiri — were earlier charged with murder of the 55-year-old activist and the court after completion of trial had reserved its verdict in the case.

Parween, head of the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), was gunned down near her office in Orangi Town on March 13, 2013.
ATC-VII judge took up an application previously moved by the prosecution pleading to also charge the accused with conspiring to kill Rahman.

Counsel for the accused persons, however, opposed the application arguing that it was a tactic to delay pronouncement of verdict in the case, which was already reserved on October 15, 2021.

After hearing arguments, the judge reserved his order on the application for November 24.

In the plea, prosecutor Neel Parkash stated that he had gone through the contents of the confessional statement of the main accused Muhammad Raheem, alias Raheem Swati, which was recorded before the then SSP Investigation-(I) West Zone Akhtar Farooqui under the Section 21-H of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

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