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Govt urges CJP to take notice of ‘tempered’ JIT report on Uzair Baloch

–Faraz says some political parties harmed Sindh for their personal interest and turned it into a personal state

–Zaidi says JIT report released by Sindh govt has omitted names of PPP leaders who Baloch had been affiliated with

ISLAMABAD: A day after the Sindh government made public the joint investigation team (JIT) report concerning notorious Lyari warlord Uzair Baloch, the government urged Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmad to take notice of the report which it claimed was “tempered”.

The appeal comes a day after the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government in the province disclosed the JIT reports of three high-profile cases — concerning Baloch, the Baldia factory fire incident and former Fishermen Cooperative Society chairman Nisar Morai — after much controversy and litigation in courts.

Addressing a press conference Minister for Information Senator Shibli Faraz, who was flanked by Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, said, “We want to rid the people of those who support [these] gangs […] Zaidi raised this [issue] in the National Assembly because we believe that the purpose of JITs is to tell the people the facts.”

“Zaidi also went to court [in 2017 because] the reports were not being released. Some [political] parties harmed the province for their personal interest and made a ‘personal state’,” he added.

Speaking to the media, Zaidi said that he had approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) for the release of the said reports. “When the court directed them to release it, [the Sindh government] still did not do so. Then I wrote to the [Sindh] chief secretary. He still did not release them so then I filed a contempt of court petition,” he said. “I wanted to bring up this issue on the floor of the National Assembly as well. They were giving speeches on the budgets but they were working as leaders in JITs and were having gangsters killed [the people they killed].”

Zaidi also presented what he said was the “original” JIT report on Baloch, said that the gangster had confessed that he met then Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah and Faryal Talpur, the sister of former president and PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, and asked that the head money against him be removed.

Baloch allegedly said the head money was withdrawn on Talpur and Zardari’s order, he added.

“On the last page, Baloch said that he feared they would kill him after these revelations and that Zardari and other political figures might take revenge against him, and asked for protection,” he further said.

A six-member JIT was formed by the Sindh government in February 2016 to interrogate Baloch, comprising representatives of security and intelligence agencies. The JIT unanimously declared him as “black” — guilty of the crimes alleged, finding that Baloch along with his gang members was involved in a large number of murders/target killings of his rivals and innocent citizens including ethnic and “politically motivated killings”.

Zaidi claimed that the JIT he had was not the same one the Sindh government has released. “The Uzair Baloch JIT had six people — one person from a special branch of the provincial government, one person from Crime Investigation Department which comes under Sindh government, one from Inter-Services Intelligence which comes under the federal government, one person from Intelligence Bureau (under federal government), one from Rangers (under federal government), and one person from military intelligence (under federal government).”

“On each page, all these four people (from the federal government) have signed but those from the Sindh government have not. What really happened? The reports were made and they made major discoveries.”

He claimed that there was a “deadlock” between the federal and the provincial governments over the report but the four people from the federal government had sent it forward.

“There is a difference between these two reports. Their report is 35 pages, the original report is 43 pages. No one from the Sindh government has signed it,” he said.

“In the original report, the names of friends are written. The first 6 names [are] Dr Zulfiqar Mirza [once a confidant of Zardari], Faryal Talpur, [MP] Abdul Qadir Patel, Dr Nisar Morai, Senator Yusuf Baloch, and Sharjeel Memon,” Zaidi said and alleged that these names were taken out in the report released by the provincial government.

“The political affiliation in the report signed by these four people are not in [Sindh government’s] report. On page 15, their report says ‘accused confessed murder of Jaleel through Jabbar Lahra and Baba Ladla and informed that the dead body was disposed at an unknown place by his gangsters’. The report which we have said ‘accused disclosed that in 2011, Qadir Patel of PPP tasked the accused to kill Razak Commando as he had murdered Edhi Amin, coordinator of Wadir Patel’,” he said.

“They removed this part from it. This report tells us why they killed him and on whose orders. It further says that in 2011 ‘Baba Ladla and Jabbar Lahra kidnapped Jaleel from Umer Lane in Lyari and informed the accused who in turn told Qadir Patel of such kidnapping on which Qadir Patel of PPP directed accused to kill Jaleel’,” he added.