Enforced escape: ATC acquits PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel

Published: July 24, 2012
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ATC-I judge rules charges against Aqeel could not be proven, because he had voluntarily given his arrest. PHOTO: INP/FILE

ATC-I judge rules charges against Aqeel could not be proven, because he had voluntarily given his arrest. PHOTO: INP/FILE

RAWALPINDI: Special Judge Anti-Terrorism Court-I (ATC-I) Chaudhry Habibur Rehman on Tuesday acquitted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Anjum Aqeel and 15 other men who were booked for escaping from the custody of Shalimar police in Islamabad, Express News reported.

The Shalimar police had registered the case in July 2012 with the ATC-I, after which the court was hearing the case.

The judge ruled that the charges against Aqeel could not be proven, because had he escaped from Shalimar police’s custody, then he would not have voluntarily given his arrest.

Aqeel was earlier granted post-arrest bail by an anti-terrorism court, as were 30 other men accused of helping him escape from the custody of Shalimar police in the capital.

Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi, counsel for the MNA, had said that some people had forcibly taken Aqeel away from police custody on July 15 but he himself did not try to escape.

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  • PakJam
    Jul 24, 2012 - 11:43AM

    funny! Now i know ATC = Shareef Courts

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  • Noor
    Jul 24, 2012 - 11:51AM

    What a justice .there is no law for rich corrupt people

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  • Jul 24, 2012 - 11:52AM

    What about the fact that we all saw his escape on TV?

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  • A J Khan
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:04PM

    Why not. WAKA WAKA . Its time for PML N.

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  • Karim
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:05PM

    “The judge ruled that the charges against Aqeel could not be proven, because had he escaped from Shalimar police’s custody, then he would not have voluntarily given his arrest.”

    ATC never fails to disappoints! Miraculously all accused in these courts are acquitted. His powerful goons broke him out of the Shalimar police station and our courts rule out an any foul play on his part. He was MIA for a while until the Sharifs convinced him to surrender. And even in that case they guaranteed him post-arrest bail through the same court. Our flawed justice system is a prime example of why these politicians are always out there to make a name for themselves and a bad name for our country. Only in Pakistan can a “politician” just break out of the police station and not get into any legal scuffle? Next we’ll hear all the judge hearing the land cases against him say that they were “politically motivated” and he bought his protocol, properties, land cruisers from hard work? The day our courts rubber stamped the army’s rule through the Doctrine of Necessity became the day our justice system sold itself to protect the people that consider Pakistan their personal property and treat us as tenants borrowing their land and resources, and that was very early in our history.

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  • Ali
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:10PM

    hahah good one ” he has voluntarily given his arrest.” OR simply he is from PML(N)

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  • Ussama Yaqub
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:19PM

    I wonder what one has to do in order to be proven GUILTY in Pakistan!!

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  • White Russian
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:28PM

    This MNA is lucky not being from ruling coalition. Or he would have pleading his innocence for eternity, before being booked for another wrong, ad infinitum.

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  • Iram
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:28PM

    No PMLN member can be convicted during this period, they all are exempted.

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  • White Russian
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:31PM

    @Ussama Yaqub:
    Quit PML and join PPP.

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  • a&a
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:35PM

    biased judiciary . . . ????

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:35PM

    Defeat of rule of law.

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  • Omer
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Free and biased judiciary and media!

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  • world affairs
    Jul 24, 2012 - 1:21PM

    MNAs and MPAs from government, either central or provincial like Punjab, are enjoying not only perks and salaries and funds but system as well. In fact laws are do not exist for them as they are above the laws.

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  • MUNIB
    Jul 24, 2012 - 1:27PM

    This is great !

    I too want to loot a BANK , invest money in market, keep the profit and return the ACTUAL amount, can i please judge saab ?

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  • Omar Malik
    Jul 24, 2012 - 1:39PM

    This is most shameful verdict. Maybe I’ll round up a gang of hooligans, arm them to the teeth, storm a police station and get a few criminals released also!

    This is beyond disappointment and I have no idea what the judge was smoking. THIS is why a lot of people in this country criticize the stupid judicial system in this country! THIS is why we’re the laughing stock among other countries.

    “The judge ruled that the charges
    against Aqeel could not be proven,
    because had he escaped from Shalimar
    police’s custody, then he would not
    have voluntarily given his arrest.
    Aqeel was earlier granted post-arrest
    bail by an anti-terrorism court, as
    were 30 other men accused of helping
    him escape from the custody of
    Shalimar police in the capital.”

    Not only does Mr. Aqeel go scot free, but 30 others who stormed him out are also on bail!

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  • M. Zubair
    Jul 24, 2012 - 2:03PM

    The judge was looking for any trivial reason to acquit him and he did! pathetic judicial system…I hate it

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  • Faysal
    Jul 24, 2012 - 2:06PM

    This man was shown fleeing the police in full view of the media teams, still he is acquitted, one can see the state of justice in this country.

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  • MAD
    Jul 24, 2012 - 2:17PM

    What kind of a judge was that. there is a video of him escaping. Are you blind.

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  • amer nadeem
    Jul 24, 2012 - 2:30PM

    Justice for PML(N)………………

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  • Mohammad
    Jul 24, 2012 - 2:38PM

    we will give him vote and will be MNA/MPA again!! I bet on that

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  • M@ni
    Jul 24, 2012 - 3:01PM

    @Ussama Yaqub:
    Being poor, qualify you for all the crimes:) so easy

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  • Shahbaz
    Jul 24, 2012 - 3:04PM

    That judge must be scrutinised through media.
    Supreme court must check its subordinate judiciary and impose rule of law come what mayRecommend

  • HoneyBee
    Jul 24, 2012 - 4:13PM

    @MAD:
    judge think we are blind . . . ;-)

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  • Aslam
    Jul 24, 2012 - 6:15PM

    Though I am a critic of PPP government and a strong supporter of higher judiciary but this verdict really really disappointed me. The entire nation watched on their TV screen, a mob took the police station hostage and freed this corrupt politician, Anjum Aqeel. It means PPP is right that courts are biased and giving favours to Sharif brothers and their party – PML-N. It is a matter of concern for me and i hope print and electronic media will focus the issue by remembering the history and proofs of this case. Now it is up to the CJ and and SC to notice this verdict given by ATC and investigate the matter, that how this person is being acquitted despite all proves. I hope media will raise it up and SC will take serious note of it.

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  • Mirza
    Jul 24, 2012 - 6:48PM

    There are always irrefutable proofs against HH, PM’s family, and other PPP leaders. However, there are no proof of corruption, attach on SC, escape from custody, etc., for the others. What is going on with tens of billions of corruption allegations on which Aqeel was arrested in the first place? No proofs would be found for that as well. There is not going to be any suo motu action against PML-N corruption either.

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  • anonymus
    Jul 24, 2012 - 7:39PM

    @Noor:
    you are dead wrong, law is only for PPP and…not for…
    what a silly argument since he later volunteered so…….
    law means how to interpret…..i

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  • The Asker
    Jul 24, 2012 - 8:47PM

    Unbelievable logic. “he couldnt have escaped because he surrendered afterwards” Sir peet loon apna!

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jul 25, 2012 - 12:22AM

    Why don’t we understand that Mr. Nawaz Sharif is Chief Justice Of Punjab and Mr. Shahbaz Sharif is AG.

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  • Zulfiqar Haider
    Jul 25, 2012 - 11:51AM

    I pray that I live to see a Judiaciary in Pakistan which is not biased and politicised.

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