ATC Judge Aftab Afridi. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Two main accused in Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Judge Aftab Afridi murder case have been apprehended, police said on Thursday.

The names of the arrested accused are Muhammad Zaker Shah and Shehzad, belonging to Jag Kaley area of Peshawar. One of the accused has confessed his guilt before the Judge of ATC Mardan and thereby provided that they have fired on Judge Aftab Afridi along with his family members who were travelling on motorway for Islamabad on April 04.

The accused also disclosed that they were armed with SMGs while one of them namely Muhammad Zaker Shah was present in car with Abid Afridi while Shehzad was present with Jamal Afridi.

The accused Muhammad Zaker Shah has recorded his statement u/s 164/364 CrPC while narrating the whole story before the ATC Mardan.

Meanwhile, the accused also disclosed names of other co-accused allegedly involved in murder of ATC Judge Aftab Afridi. The course of investigation is under process for further developments in the case. Two main accused of the sad incident have recorded their confession in the court.

The accused arrested in the case include Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Abdul Latif Afridi, who got anticipatory bail being an alleged abettor, Bilal Afridi, Daud Afridi, Aziz Afridi, Shehzad, Muhammad Zaker Shah.

The ATC Judge Aftab Afridi, his wife Bibi Zainab, daughter-in-law Kiran and her three-year old son Mohammad Sanan lost their lives in the attack on April 04. Kiran was said to be six months’ pregnant.

The gunmen had fired at the car of the judge at the Ambar Interchange on the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway in Swabi district. The guard of the judge and driver sustained injuries in the attack.

The son of the slain judge, Abdul Majid Afridi, had mentioned the six accused.

Forced leave for VC Gomal University

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman has sent Vice Chancellor of Gomal University on forced leave over criticising the decisions of the provincial cabinet and tendering resignation.

A notification to this effect issued from Governor House said the governor after rejecting the resignation of the VC Gomal University Dr Iftikhar Ahmad has sent him on forced leave for 90 days.

The decision to send Dr Iftikhar on leave was made after he directly wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, criticising the decisions taken in KP cabinet before tendering his resignation from the post.

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