LHC seeks re­port on in­clu­sion of ATA clauses

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The La­hore High Court (LHC) on Tues­day sought a re­port from Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral Punjab Naveed Ra­sool Mirza, In­spec­tor Gen­eral Po­lice Punjab Mush­taq Sukhera and Home Sec­re­tary Punjab Azam Sule­man to de­ter­mine if the Ka­sur child abuse case can be tried in an an­titer­ror­ism court (ATC).

A pe­ti­tion filed by Ad­vo­cate Aftab Ahmed Ba­jwa in the LHC on Mon­day was heard by LHC Chief Jus­tice Man­zoor Ahmed. The pe­ti­tion stated that since the case is of a se­ri­ous na­ture, it should be tried in an ATC.

The re­port will de­scribe what sec­tions of the An­tiTer­ror­ism Act ? in par­tic­u­lar, Sec­tion 7 of the ATA, "Pun­ish­ment for acts of ter­ror­ism" ? are ap­pli­ca­ble to the case in or­der to de­cide whether the case can be tried in an ATC.

Po­lice have con­tacted vic­tims' fam­i­lies to in­form them that Sec­tion 7/ATA has been in­cluded in the seven First In­for­ma­tion Re­ports lodged against the ac­cused. The LHC CJ or­dered the SP In­ves­ti­ga­tion and SHOs to present the re­port in a hear­ing which is sched­uled to take place to­day. Re­ports of the sex­ual abuse of about 280 chil­dren have shocked the coun­try. Most of the vic­tims who are from Husain Khan­wala vil­lage near Ka­sur are less than 14-years-old.

The vic­tims were sex­u­ally abused and filmed by mem­bers of a gang. Their fam­i­lies had also been blackmailed by the gang since 2009. A prop­erty dis­pute al­legedly brought the is­sue to the sur­face. Rel­a­tives of four more vic­tims have come for­ward to register their com­plaints in the child abuse scan­dal.

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