Court drops ATA sec­tions in one case

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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

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