RAWALPINDI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday released as many as 122 more pro-Qadri protesters after the Rawalpindi police dropped charges of terrorism and rioting against them. Special Judge ATC-II Asif Majeed Awan acceding to findings of New Town Police directed authorities of Adiala jail to set free 122 protesters arrested by the police on March 27 when a number of religious parties observed chehlum for Mumtaz Hussain Qadri who was executed for killing former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The police told the court they had found no proof against the protesters and did not want the court to try them. The police, however, did not drop charges against 10 other men arrested for clashing with the police.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2016.