Ro­hail As­ghar granted in­terim bail

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ISLAMABAD—Anti-ter­ror­ism court on Thurs­day ac­cepted in­terim bail plea of mem­ber of Na­tional Assem­bly Ro­hail As­ghar in hit-and-run case.

Coun­sel for the de­fen­dant pleaded be­fore Ad­di­tional Ses­sions Judge Atta Rab­bani that the sec­tion un­der which his client was held is bail­able and thus his in­terim bail should be ac­cepted. Ar­gu­ing against the stance, plain­tiff’s coun­sel said that only im­pov­er­ished peo­ple and those liv­ing be­low the poverty line are crushed to death un­der elites’ cars in this coun­try.

He said that the po­lice did not in­clude se­ri­ous sec­tions be­cause the ac­cused is an af­flu­ent man as­so­ci­ated with the rul­ing party, Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz.

As­ghar al­legedly hit a se­cu­rity guard with his ve­hi­cle at a foot­path claim­ing his life last year. A case was lodged at Kohsar Po­lice Sta­tion against the law­maker by widow of the man, Sha­heen Bibi.

On Au­gust 10, 2015, Bibi filed a plea in the ad­di­tional court, stat­ing that the ac­cused was pow­er­ful which was why no ac­tion was be­ing taken against him. Ju­di­cial Mag­is­trate Hu­mayun Di­lawar had is­sued ar­rest war­rants of the ac­cused and his driver last month af­ter they failed to sub­mit Rs 0.2 mil­lion worth of surety bonds.—INP

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