Karachi: 8 PTI men get bail in rioting case
KARACHI: A judicial magistrates on Tuesday granted bail to eight workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in a rioting case. They were picked up on June 18 when their party organised a protest outside the Karachi Press Club to express support for the independence of the judiciary and tried to march towards the so-called ‘red zone’. Police first resorted to a baton charge, lobbed teargas shells and used water cannon to disperse them and then rounded up some of the protesters.
Judicial magistrate (south) Jahangir Badr Qazi granted them the bail against a surety bond of Rs5,000 each.
On Tuesday, the suspects appeared in the court and the investigating officer submitted the charge-sheet against them.
According to the prosecution, the police had picked up about a dozen party activists, including its general secretary, Arif Alvi, who were released the same day.
A case (FIR No.71/12) was registered against them under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 186 (obstructing public
servant in discharge of public functions), 337(i) (punishment of shajjah), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Artillery Maidan police station. The remaining four suspects including Mr Alvi are yet to approach the court for bail.