SC suspends acquittal of MNA over settlement in ATA case
ISLAMABAD—The Supreme Court on Thursday suspended acquittal of Member National Assembly (MNA) Abid Raza in a murder case registered under Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) over settlement and restored sentences. The MNA had been sentenced to death in the murder case of six people in Gujrat under the Anti-Terrorism Act, but was freed after a compromise with the aggrieved. Elected from NA-107 in 2013 elections, Raza had been sentenced to death by a Gujranwala ATC back in 2001.
The bench while hearing the case re- lated to Raza’s disqualification, took notice over his acquittal in terrorism charges.
The court referred the case back to Lahore High Court (LHC) with direction to announce decision over appeals filed by convicts against their sentences in two months.
The five-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik heard the suomoto notice case.—APP