Lahore: Murder case sent to ATC
LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC), consisting of Justice Tariq Shamim and Justice Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, on Saturday ordered the trial of alleged murderers by an anti–terrorism court (ATC). Creating a sense of fear and insecurity in the people comes under the purview of anti–terrorism law, the court observed. According to the prosecution, Zulfiqar alias Bhutto; his brothers Liaqat, Iqbal, Riasat and Iftikhar; and five friends allegedly shot three people dead on June 20, 2007 in Khurrianwala. The victims were identified as Atif Javed, Liaqat Ali and Naveed. Rana Shahbaz Riaz, the complainant of the case, was injured in the incident.
Earlier, the case against the accused was lodged under the provisions of the Pakistan Penal Court and Anti–Terrorism Act, but an anti terrorism court, accepting an application of the accused on March 12, 2008, had transferred the case to the court of the district and sessions judge in Faisalabad.
The complainant challenged this order before the LHC, pleading that the accused were allegedly involved in terrorism and the special court was not justified to transfer the case to a regular court.
The counsel for the accused submitted that an act of personal vendetta should not to be treated as an act of terrorism. The bench, after hearing the arguments, accepted the petition by the complainant and directed the anti–terrorism court to try the accused.