SC sus­pends ac­quit­tal of MNA over set­tle­ment in ATA case

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

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

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