Former minister Gazeen Marri granted bail in 2004 killing case

An Anti-terrorist court in Sibi granted bail to Nawabzada Gazeen Marri, the son of Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, on Friday, asking him to submit surety bonds worth Rs0.4 million.

ATC judge Mohammad Rafiq Langove granted bail to the former home minister in connection with a murder case registered against Marri in 2004 at Manjara levies station Kohlu.

A landmine blast in Kohlu’s Mavand tehsil in June 2004 had killed civilians. Subsequently, the Levies had registered murder and terrorism cases against Gazeen Marri.

The court directed Marri to submit surety bonds worth Rs0.4 million to secure the bail, the counsel for Gazeen Marri, Arbab Tahir Advocate told DawnNews.

Gazeen Marri arrived in Quetta a week ago from the United Arab Emirates, bringing an end to his 18-year long self-imposed exile.

Upon his arrival, police arrested Marri in the murder case of Justice Nawaz Marri, senior judge of Balochistsn High Court. Justice Nawaz Marri was murdered on January 7, 2000.

On Monday, a district and sessions court in Quetta had granted interim bail to Gazeen Marri in the murder case of Justice Nawaz Marri.

Earlier, Gazeen Marri had explained to the media that he had gone into exile on his father’s instructions. “I made attempts to return home earlier and serve the people but was faced with roadblocks on every step of the way,” Marri said.

“Some people are scared of my return. I want to clarify that I have no personal designs or objectives. I accept the ground realities prevailing in the province and will live with them,” he added.