Lahore: Trial of triple-murder accused under terrorism law ordered
LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court has observed that creating terror or a sense of insecurity among people or any section of people comes under anti–terrorism law. Bench comprising Justice Tariq Shamim and Justice Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry further observed that a gruesome and barbaric act which creates fear and insecurity would also come within the purview of terrorism act. The bench observed this while ordering trial of a triple–murder accused of Faisalabad by an anti–terrorism court.
Accused Zulfiqar alias Bhutto along with his four brothers Liaqat, Iqbal, Riasat, Iftikhar and five friends were accused of reckless firing in main bazaar of Khurrianwala in front of a mosque killing three persons Atif Javed, Liaqat Ali and Naveed and injured complainant of the case Rana Shahbaz Riaz on June 20, 2007.
The motive of the crime, alleged by the prosecution, was that Bhutto’s brother was murdered in 1997 and in that case complainantís brother was an accused. In order to avenge the murder of their father, the accused killed three persons and injured the complainant.
The case against all the accused was lodged under provisions of Pakistan Penal Code and Anti-terrorism Act.
The challan of the case was sent to anti-terrorism court.
An anti terrorism court on March 12, 2008 while accepting an application of the accused transferred the case to the court of district and session judge, Faisalabad.
Complainant Rana Shahbaz had challenged this order before the Lahore High Court.
He pleaded that the allegations against the accused involved terrorism and the special court was not justified to transfer the case to an ordinary court.
The accused counsel in rebuttal to the petitioner’s contention submitted that an act of private revenge based upon a personal vendetta was not to be treated as an act of terrorism.
The bench after hearing the arguments accepted the petition and directed the anti–terrorism court to try the accused under terrorism act.