ISLAMABAD    -    A district and sessions court on Tues­day discharged senior journalist Ayaz Amir from the murder of his daugh­ter-in-law Sarah Inam after finding no evidence against him. 

The senior journalist was present­ed before the Civil Judge M Amir Aziz as police sought another extension in his remand. The court in its verdict stated that there was no evidence against Ayaz Amir in the police diary. 

The police had requested the court to extend the journalist’s physical re­mand by another five days. The request was made as Ayaz’s remand, which was initially extended for one day on Monday, expired. Advocate Basharatul­lah, Nisar Asghar and Malik Zafran, submitted a wakalatnama (power of attorney) on their client’s behalf. Dur­ing proceedings of the case, Advocate Basharatullah said the case was reg­istered on September 23, three hours after the incident allegedly occurred. He said that Ayaz had no connection with the case and that police had no evidence against him. He said Ayaz was at his residence in Chakwal at the time as he promptly informed the police.

Ayaz Amir had no connection with the house in Shahzad Town Islam­abad for the past 35 years, he added. He argued that there was no evidence against the journalist in the police di­ary. Police, he said, had not been able to satisfy the court regarding the basis of which evidence the journal­ist was arrested. He urged the court to discharge Ayaz from the case. “We are not trying to evade the probe, but they (Police) got warrants issued and arrested Ayaz Amir,” he said.

The government’s lawyer said points raised by Advocate Basharatul­lah would be more relevant during the trial. At the remand stage, what was to be considered was which evidence had surfaced, he added. He said that Ayaz Amir had contacted his son Shahnawaz on Whatsapp and this was the evidence the police had till now. He said that if at any point police concluded that Ayaz was inno­cent, it would discharge him.

The judge asked who had nomi­nated Ayaz in the case, the lawyer replied that Sarah’s uncle had nomi­nated him. The deceased’s uncle, he said, was in Pakistan, he added. He said that Sarah’s parents had reached Islamabad to perform their daugh­ter’s last rites. The court asked the lawyer prima facie, what evidence police had against Ayaz Amir? The lawyer replied that Shahnawaz had contacted him after the murder and Sarah’s parents had all the evidence.

Advocate Basharatullah interject­ed, highlighting the irony of police arresting an individual first and then looking for evidence. The govern­ment’s lawyer said that the call de­tail record (CDR) of a Whatsapp call could not be obtained. However, the mobile phone had been sent for fo­rensic analysis, he added. Advocate Basharatullah said that police only have to press a button to get CDR. 

Following that, the court reserved its judgement on the police’s re­quest for an extension in Ayaz’s re­mand and later ruled that Ayaz Amir should be discharged from the case.