Court drops ATA sec­tions in one case

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

LAHORE—An anti-ter­ror­ism court on Monday 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 Ramzan alias Janah, Haseem Amir, Faizan Ma­jeed and Naseem Shahzad.

Ear­lier, the de­fence coun­sel, ar­gu­ing be­fore the court, sub­mit­ted that Ganda Singh Wala po­lice had reg­is­tered the FIR No 252/15 against the ac­cused un­der the ATA sec­tions.

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.

How­ever, the pros­e­cu­tion op­posed the re­quest and pleaded with the court to dis­miss the ap­pli­ca­tion. The court, af­ter hear­ing ar­gu­ments, dropped the ATA sec­tions and trans­ferred the case hear­ing to the ses­sions court.

It is per­ti­nent to men­tion here that the court had al­ready dropped ATA sec­tions in many cases, reg­is­tered in con­nec­tion with the scan­dal.

Ganda Singh Wala/Ka­sur po­lice had reg­is­tered a to­tal of 31 cases in con­nec­tion with the Ka­sur child abuse scan­dal against 20 ac­cused.

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