Court questions Hashim Qureshi in Ganga hijack case

Srinagar, Nov 9: The Principal District and Sessions Court here Saturday questioned Democratic Liberation Party Chairman Hashim Qureshi in the Ganga hijack case.Principal District and Sessions...

Srinagar, Nov 9: The Principal District and Sessions Court here Saturday questioned Democratic Liberation Party Chairman Hashim Qureshi in the Ganga hijack case.
Principal District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Shafi Khan asked Qureshi 30 questions which he answered one by one and later signed the statement of his reply under section 342 of CrPC.
After closing prosecution evidence, the Court had framed a questionnaire from the statements of the witnesses which it had recorded earlier.
Most of the Court's time was today consumed by the question-answer session which concluded at 2:30 PM.
Under section 273 of CrPC, the Court would now hear arguments of the parties and if it finds evidence against the accused, he would be asked whether he wants to lead evidence in his defence.
The Court after recording statements of 13 prosecution witnesses closed the evidence in the case. Four prosecution witnesses died during course of trial.
Qureshi served a nine-year jail term in Pakistan after the hijack of Indian airliner Ganga from Srinagar in 1971. Later he went to the Netherlands where he remained for 20 years, even getting citizenship of that country.
On December 29, 2000, Qureshi returned to Kashmir and he now faces trial in the hijack case. The Government subsequently appointed Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar as special judge to hear the case under Enemy Agents Ordinance, 1948. Advocate Reyaz Jan and Syed Reyaz Khawar represented the accused in the court.

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