KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court allowed on Saturday better facilities (B-class) inside jail for Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Saleem Shahzad who is held in a terror facilitation case.
Shahzad was recently arrested at the Karachi airport upon his return to the country after a more than two-decade-long self-imposed exile.
He, like other politicians, has been accused of asking favours from former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain who runs Ziauddian Hospital, to provide treatment and assistance to suspected terrorists.
Meanwhile, the ATC-II judge put off the suspect's bail application on February 18 for hearing of arguments. His lawyer pleaded to the court that his client came back to the country to surrender before the authorities, but was put in jail instead.
He contended that Shahzad was innocent and falsely implicated in the case for his victimisation.
He submitted that all other accused in the case were out on bail, therefore, his client was also entitled for the same.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 12th, 2017.