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SC adjourns hearing on Asma Rani’s murder case for a month

The Supreme Court adjourned Wednesday hearing on the murder case of Kohat’s Asma Rani, seeking results on the arrest of prime accused Mujahidullah Afridi after authorities concerned said red warrant was issued against him.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case. During the hearing, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Deputy Advocate General Abdul Latif Yousufzai told the court red warrant was issued against the accused, while police said he would be arrested soon.
Mujahidullah’s paternal uncle told the court that the accused’s father was abroad and was contacted.
The CJP responded to the accused’s uncle, saying action would be taken against him if his influence hindered investigation. The accused’s uncle is a leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which is in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in the district of which the incident took place.
While speaking further regarding the accused, the CJP said that sooner or later a fugitive comes under the grips of the law. He added the law allowed no mercy for a person absconding from the courts.
Therefore, the CJP sought report on the arrest and adjourned the hearing for a month.
A day earlier Interpol placed Mujahidullah on its most-wanted list. Asma, a third-year medical student in Abbottabad, was in her hometown of Kohat on vacation when, on January 27, Mujahid allegedly opened fire on her for refusing his marriage proposal.
The KP police had approached the Interpol after the accused, the nephew of PTI district president Aftab Alam, fled the country following the incident.