NOWSHERA: A judicial magistrate on Thursday acquitted Syed Ahmed Shah, the personal secretary of prominent religious scholar Maulana Samiul Haq in his murder case after Police submitted a probe report declaring him innocent.

According to the police investigation report, Ahmed Shah has nothing to do with the murder of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq. On the other hand, JUI-S Chief Maulana Samiul Haq’s sons also declared Ahmed Shah innocent in their testimonies recorded before the court.

Ahmad Shah was arrested by the police on March 2 for interrogation, however into the murder of Maulana Samiul Haq. The police suspected him for his alleged involvement as he was with Maulana Sami at the time when he was murdered. He has told the investigators that the late Maulana has sent him to bring a bottle of water. When he returned, he was murdered by unknown persons.  Police have arrested Ahmad Shah on the base of contradiction in his first and last recorded statement. In his first statement, he has told the police that he has locked the door when he left the house,  while in his 2nd statement, he said that he had not closed the door.

He was sent on four-day physical remand by Judicial magistrate Zaib Shehzad Cheema. The investigators have sought eight-day remand, however on Thursday when he was presented before the magistrate, police informed that nothing has provided against him.  Shah had mysteriously disappeared after the murder of Maulana Samiul Haq.

Influential religious scholar and former senator Maulana Samiul Haq was assassinated on November 2 last year at his residence in Rawalpindi.  His son Maulana Hamidul Haq said his octogenarian father was stabbed to death while he was resting in his room.

The news of his death comes at a sensitive time, with religio-political parties out on the streets protesting the Supreme Court’s acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, in a blasphemy case.

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