Court drops ATA sections in one case
LAHORE—An anti-terrorism court on Friday dropped Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) sections in one case, registered in connection with the Kasur scandal. The court also transferred the case to Kasur sessions court for further hearing. ATC-IV Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Ilyas passed these orders while allowing an application, filed by the accused Haseem Amir, Ateeq-ur-Rehman, Tanzeel-ur-Rehman and Saleem Akhtar.
Earlier, the defence counsel Adnan Liaqat, argu-ing before the court, submitted that Ganda Singh Wala police had registered the FIR No 191/15 against the accused under the ATA sections on pressure from the media. He contended that the offence did not fall under the ATA. He pleaded with the court to drop the ATA sections and transfer the case to an ordinary court for hearing.
It is pertinent to mention here that the court had already dropped ATA sections in many cases, registered in connection with the scandal. —APP