Karachi Do Darya firing suspect remanded to police custody


A judicial magistrate in Karachi on Monday granted police a two-day physical remand of the prime suspect in an incident of firing at Karachi’s Do Darya a day earlier in which one youth was killed and another injured.

Two youths travelling in a Mercedes were on their way to have breakfast at the beach when a minor accident occurred, Superintendent Police Clifton Dr Asad Malhi told Dawn earlier.

After the accident, suspects travelling in double-cabin vehicle opened indiscriminate fire on the car at around 9am.

As a result, the two passengers sustained bullet wounds and were transported to a private hospital where doctors pronounced Zafir, 18, dead, the SP said.

The victim, a resident of Defence Housing Authority, was a first year student at DHA College, said SP Malhi.

The suspect, Khawar Hussain Burney, was presented in court today, where police requested a 14-day physical remand in order to investigate the case.

Police officials told the court that a first-information report (FIR) had been filed, and the weapon and cars involved in the crime had been recovered from the suspect.

The investigation officer (IO) requested the court for a 14-day remand as one absconding suspect is yet to be arrested. Raids are ongoing to round up the last suspect, police told the court.

Burney’s lawyer argued that as the murder weapon and vehicles involved in the crime had already been recovered, there was no need for his client to be remanded into police custody.

The lawyer also took issue with photos of his client being circulated on social media.

The state prosecutor described the case as one pertaining to terrorism and asked for terror charges to be added into the FIR.

Subsequently, the court handed the suspect over to police on a two-day physical remand and asked the IO to submit a detailed report on updates in the case in the next hearing.