Thursday, August 18, 2022

Long march Interim bail granted to PTI leaders in vandalism cases

The Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) granted him interim bail after issuing non-bailable arrest warrants for the top leadership of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in vandalism cases during the long march.

Mohammad Saleem, the investigating officer in charge of Shahdara police station, had requested the court that Mian Akram Usman, Mohammad Zubair Khan Niazi, Imtiaz Mehmood Sheikh, Mian Mehmood Rashid, Mian Shafqat Mehmood, Malik Nadeem Abbas, Murad Ras, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Yasir Gilani, Dr. Issue non-bailable arrest warrants for Yasmeen Rashid, Hamad Azhar, Andalib Abbas and Ejaz Chaudhry.

A number of allegations have been leveled against PTI leaders, including the alleged violation of Section 144 by PTI workers during the Islamabad Long March on May 25, and attacks on law enforcement agencies.

Terrorism provisions have also been included in cases against PTI leaders.

The petition states that the accused were “deliberately hiding to avoid arrest” and that their arrest was necessary to complete the investigation.

Judge Abhar Gul Khan’s court granted the officer’s request and issued a non-bailable arrest warrant.

However, the court later granted interim bail to 14 leaders including Dr Yasmeen Rashid, Shafqat Mehmood and Hamad Azhar and restrained the police from arresting the accused till June 17.

Gulberg police station and Shahdara police have registered cases against the accused. All the leaders had filed interim petitions for fear of arrest.

The court granted bail to all the accused, ordering them to submit bonds of one lakh each.

Last month, Punjab police registered a total of 42 criminal cases against senior PTI leaders and workers for allegedly protesting after a long march.

The cases allege that three policemen were martyred on duty while 100 others were injured in the alleged attacks by PTI workers, three of whom were in critical condition.

The injured included 34 from Lahore, 48 from Attock and nine from Sargodha, Mianwali, Rawalpindi, Jhelum and other cities.

Earlier, a police official told Dawn that 12 cases were registered in Lahore, five in Sialkot, four in Rawalpindi and Sargodha, four in Mianwali, three in Attock and two in Jhelum and one FIR was registered in Chakwal. Done

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