LAHORE (Reuters) – The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Friday filed an appeal against three suspects in a counter-terrorism court in the case of the 2021 bombing near the residence of the leader of Jamatud Dawa, Hafiz Saeed, in Johar Town.
The CTD found mastermind Samiul Haq and his two enablers – Aziz Akbar and Naveed Akhtar – guilty and asked the court to hold their trial.
The suspects were not brought to court for security reasons.
The court issued notices to the suspects for September 20 to officially resume the trial.
In this case, the trial court has already pronounced the death sentence against four suspects on nine counts. Convicts include Peter Paul, Eid Gul, Ziaullah and Sajjad Hussain.
The trial court also sentenced another suspect, Ayesha Gul, to five years in prison on charges of aiding the main suspects.
On June 23, 2021, a powerful explosion near Hafiz Saeed’s residence in Johar Town killed three people and injured 24 others, including a police officer.
GUARANTEES: A magistrate on Friday issued warrants for the arrest of retired captain Muhammad Safdar, son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, for failing to appear in a hate speech case.
Earlier, a lawyer had filed a one-time personal appearance waiver request on behalf of Mr Safdar, saying the applicant was in Islamabad due to his appeal hearing in the Islamabad High Court.
However, the magistrate denied the request and issued bail warrants for Mr. Safdar for October 21, who had already been charged in the case.
Islampura Police had registered the case and arrested Mr Safdar the night Mr Sharif, who was in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), was admitted to the services hospital in 2019. Police have alleged that Mr. Safdar had incited people against the government. and state institutions. Later, he was released on bail.
Mr Safdar’s lawyer argued that the police acted with bad faith intent as they originally filed the FIR under Section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) and later inserted the items 124 and 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
He said the case against Safdar was nothing but the result of political victimization. He asked the court to quash the case and acquit his client.
Posted in Dawn, September 17, 2022