The Lahore High Court (LHC) has stopped an anti-terrorism court from announcing its verdict in the trial of former PPP MPA Aslam Madhyana for allegedly breaking a teacher’s legs.
A division bench issued this order, as well as a notice to the complainant in the FIR against Madhyana, on Tuesday.
Madhyana, through his counsel Azam Nazir Tarar, submitted that a medical board had shown to be false the teacher’s claim that he had been shot in the legs. The teacher’s legs had been broken by blows from blunt weapons, he said.
Tarar submitted that witness statements established that Madhyana was not present when the teacher was injured.
He said the “normal fight” did not disturb routine life, and hence sections of the Anti Terrorism Act could not be applied to any offence associated with it.
He said his client was being tried under anti-terrorism laws for political reasons.
He said the anti-terrorism court had entertained the case without having jurisdiction.
He asked the LHC to stop the Anit Terrorist Court from trying his client, at least till his petition was decided.
Schoolteacher Nafees Ahmad said in the FIR that Madhyana and his henchmen had attacked him and broken his legs.
Madhyana’s interim bail plea was rejected by the LHC.
The Supreme Court has also taken suo motu notice of the incident and sought a report from all four provincial chief secretaries about the steps taken to protect civil servants.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2012.
Correction: An earlier version of the article was carrying an incorrect headline. The error has been rectified.