Fahad murder case: ATC drops terror charges

The case will now be heard in a sessions court, where it will be taken up as a ‘regular’ murder case

Our Correspondent December 22, 2016
Police booked the suspects for murder, attempted murder and rioting. Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, has also been inserted in the case since the police said the incident spread fear in society. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Wednesday dropped terror charges against suspects in the murder of Barrister Fahad Malik.

The case will now be heard in a sessions court, where it will be taken up as a ‘regular’ murder case. Shalimar police had booked Arshad Mehmood, Noman Khokhar and at least eight others after Malik was gunned down in F-10/3 near Shalimar Police Station in the early hours of August 15. The complainant, Tariq Ayub - Malik’s uncle, had also been injured in the attack. Anti-Terror Act Section 7 was later added to the FIR.

However, Mehmood, Khokhar and another suspect Hashim Khan, had challenged the inclusion of the anti-terror sections in the FIR against them before an ATC.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2016.

 

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