Lahore: High Court bars ATC from verdict in Madhyana case
LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday restrained the anti–terrorism court Sargodha from announcing final judgment in a case against the PPP’s Ex–MPA Aslam Madhyana facing charges of torturing an elderly school teacher, Nafees Ahmad Khan, and fracturing his both legs. The bench, comprising Justice Sh Najamul Hasan and Justice Abdul Sami Khan, issued this order on the writ petition of Madhyana seeking direction for deletion of Section 7 of Anti–Terrorism Act 1997 from the FIR and transfer of trial to the sessions judge. The petitioner, through his counsel Azam Nazir Tarar, contended that the occurrence was the outcome of personal enmity whereas medical board, constituted on the request of the complainant, had confirmed that no bullet injuries were sustained by him. He said the injuries on the teacher’s legs were caused by some blunt weapon.
The counsel further pointed out that as per the prosecution, the occurrence took place in a bazaar but the owners of the adjoining shops appeared before a special investigation team and stated that Aslam Madhyana was not present on spot and no fire shot had occurred. The counsel argued that shops were not closed after the incident which was enough proof to negate the stance of prosecution that incident spread terror among the public. Tarar said the ATA was promulgated to try cases of organised terrorism and sectarianism and it should not be used to settle personal score. After hearing initial arguments, the court issued notices to the state and complainant for a date to be fixed by the LHC registrar’s office.
According to police, Madhyana with his accomplices attacked 60–year–old school teacher Nafees Ahmad Khan in Sargodha. The same bench had on March 8 rejected bail application of the former PPP MPA.