islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday issued notices to the respondents in a petition seeking registration of second FIR of the July 7, 2007 bomb blast at F-8 Islamabad district courts.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued notices to the legal counsels for respondents for perusal of the case in which Ch Muhammad Aslam, a former protocol officer of Benazir Bhutto, has been trying for the last several years to register a second FIR against some accused persons who allegedly, according to the petitioner, had a role in the said bomb blast.

After issuing the notices, the IHC bench adjourned the hearing for further proceedings in this matter till May 11.

Petitioner Chaudhary cited Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Islamabad, former President Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, former Federal Minister for Interior Aftab Ahmad Sherpao, former Director General Intelligence Bureau Ijaz Shah, then chief commissioner Islamabad, then inspector general (IG) Islamabad and then SHO Margallah police station as respondents. In his petition, Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam claimed that the bomb blast on July 7, 2007 near Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) camp was due to a timed device and the police instead lodged an FIR describing the explosion as suicide.

He added that moreover, the police also did not incorporate petitioner’s version in the case just as they did agreed before the court of an additional session judge of Islamabad. The petitioner stated that PPP had set up a camp of its workers to welcome the former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry who had to address the lawyers when he was deposed by the former military dictator. He continued that at 8:00pm there was a bomb blast at the venue that killed 18 people with 32 injured. Ch Aslam argued that the blast was a timed device and not a suicide one and administration had wrongly termed it a suicide blast. After the blast, an SP came to the petitioner to whom petitioner recorded his statement and named the accused persons.

He adopted that the blast was carried out to deter the lawyer’s community from campaigning independence of judiciary. The petitioner maintained that he was given an understanding by the police that the FIR would be lodged in the light of his statement.

Later, the petitioner added that he was told that an FIR of the incident has been lodged and sealed. Then, on September 13, 2007, petitioner went to the Margallah police station where he saw that the FIR was wrongly lodged describing the blast as suicide instead of an explosion as a result of timed device.

He told the court that on September 24, 2007 as per directions of Benazir Bhutto, the petitioner filed an application under section 22-A for registration of FIR in this matter. The court of an additional session judge disposed of his application after an SHO assured to the court that the police are ready to incorporate version of the petitioner in the FIR and to investigate.

Aslam said that police then turned away from its commitment and despite petitioner’s insistence, they never allowed him to come and record his statement. He told the court that he is aware of the perpetrators of the incident and prayed to the court to direct the police for registration of the second FIR.