Peshawar: PHC rejects bail in jihadi training case
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday dismissed bail petition of a man from Swat district who was charged for sending three children from the district to a seminary in Bajaur Agency for jihadi training against the will of their parents.
Kabal Police Station of Swat had lodged an FIR against a tailor Habibullah for sending Samiullah, Mujeebur Rehman and Noor Mohammad for jihadi training to a seminary of his friend Dawa Khan situated in Bajaur Agency against the will of their parents.
A PHC single bench headed by Justice Syed Yahya Zahid Gilani heard the bail petition of Habibullah. His lawyer contended that in the FIR the children’s parents stated that the petitioner called their children at his tailoring shop by making telephone calls to them and they did not return to their homes after that. The parents registered FIR against him under Section 365 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
The lawyer submitted before the court that the government has not extended Section 11 (v) of Anti Terrorism Act (ATA) to the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) and thus the petitioner is entitled to be released on bail.
The respondent lawyer, however, told the court that the accused had committed an ‘inhuman’ act and has also confessed that he had sent the children for jihadi training. He prayed the court to dismiss the bail petition of the accused as such people were creating militants. On this, the court dismissed the bail petition of the accused.
Bailed out: Meanwhile, the same PHC bench also ordered for release on bail of two women from Mardan district charged in kidnapping of a man.
Zamina and Ramina, residents of Lundkhawar, Mardan had filed petitions for their release on bail. They were charged for kidnapping a man named Mukhtiar and keeping him hostage in their house.
When the court started hearing of the petitions, their lawyer submitted that the man was kidnapped by another person and was kept in their (petitioners’) house of which they were not aware.
He said they were innocent and thus be released on bail. On this, the court issued release on bail orders of both the women.