AN anti-terrorism court on Tuesday exonerated Mustafa Kanju alias Cheeko, son of former minister of Foreign Affairs Siddique Kanju, and his four guards from Zain murder case after all the witnesses deviated from their statements.
The court has acquitted Mustafa Kanju and his guards namely Ikramullah, Asif, Saifullah and Sadiq. It is pertinent to mention here that there were 13 prosecution witnesses in this case and all of them deviated from their previous statements.
Moreover, Sohail Afzal, complainant of the FIR and uncle of the deceased denied recognising the accused Kanju and his alleged accomplices. Sohail stated that he was unable to recognise Kanju as he reached the spot after happening of the incident.
The court has acquitted accused as no substantial evidence was available.
Kanju was arrested after a case was registered against him under 7-ATA and section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
He was accused of killing Zain, a 16-year-old orphan, and injuring Hussain, 18. It was stated that Kanju was going somewhere on his car bearing number plate LWK-77. As he reached Street No 04 of Cavalry Ground, his car collided with another car coming from the other side.
Following the accident, Kanju and his guards allegedly scuffled with the driver of the other car. Kanju got furious and allegedly resorted to indiscriminate firing.
As a result, Zain, 17, a resident of Street 11 of Cavalry Ground and his friend Husnain, who were passing by the road, fell victims to the firing while the driver of other car fled the scene unhurt. They were rushed to Services Hospital where Zain died.