KARACHI: A special anti-terrorism court on Wednesday approved the bail plea of journalist, Nasrullah Chaudhry, against a surety bond of Rs100,000 in the case pertaining to possession of banned literature.
Chaudhry’s Advocate, Muhammad Farooq, in his arguments said that the case registered against his client by the counter-terrorism department (CTD) was based on ill intentions and malpractice. An extremely frivilous allegation has been made against the senior journalist, he maintained, while adding that CTD had no evidence to support their allegation.
On completion of arguments, the court ordered the senior journalist to be released after submitting a surety bond of Rs100,000.
Naqeebullah murder case
A special ATC issued non-bailable arrest warrants once again for the nine fugitive suspects in the two Naqeebullah murder cases. The court directed the Investigation Officer (IO) SSP Dr Rizwan to submit a supplementary challan to the administrative judge of ATCs.
Former senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rao Anwar, former deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Qamar Ahmed and several others appeared before the court.
Dr Rizwan, who also appeared before the court, submitted a report pertaining to fugitive suspects and presented the interim challan of the case before the court. The report said that raids were being conducted to nab the nine fugitive suspects, who include former SHO Amanullah Marwat and Shoaib alias Shooter.
The court provided the documents relating to the bail of three suspects to the counsel of the plaintiff. The counsels will present arguments over three suspects, Muhammad Anar, Faisal Mehmood and Kher Muhammad on December 4. The court adjourned the case till December 14.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 29th, 2018.