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Anti terrorism Courts of Pakistan

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    Bannu ATC accepts PTM MNAs' bail request in one case, rejects it in another
    August 17, 2019

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    Ali Wazir (L) and Mohsin Dawar, leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), walk at the venue of a rally in Karachi, May 13, 2018. — Reuters/File
    A Bannu antiterrorism court on Saturday granted bail to incarcerated Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) MNAs Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar in one case, but rejected their plea for bail in another case.

    The two MNAs — currently imprisoned in Haripur jail — have been nominated in two separate cases pertaining to Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks targeting security forces in North Waziristan.

    One first information report (FIR) was registered by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Bannu against the PTM MNAs for allegedly attacking a security check post on May 26 in the Kharqamar area

    According to the FIR, both MNAs along with their supporters "attacked the security post".

    The second FIR was registered by CTD Bannu following a June 7 IED attack near a security check post in Kharqamar, where an Army convoy was on routine patrol. The incident left three officers and a soldier martyred and four security personnel injured.

    Both Wazir and Dawar were already in CTD custody at the time of the IED blast ─ they had been arrested following the May 26 Kharqamar check post attack. Wazir had been taken into custody the day of the attack, while Dawar surrendered himself to security forces a few days later.

    The hearing on the request for bail in both cases was conducted by ATC judge Babar Ali Khan today, who via a short order granted the request for bail in the June 7 incident but rejected it for the May 26 case.

    Senior prosecutor Fazal Noorani, Arif Bilal and Sardar Abdul Rauf made arguments on behalf of the state whereas the defendants were represented by a team led by Peshawar High Court Bar President Latif Afridi.

    Tariq Afghan, a member of the PTM legal team, told DawnNewsTV that they argued before the court that their clients were innocent, adding that they also produced videos and other evidence.

    "The videos of the Kharqamar incident clearly showed that they were unarmed and were allowed to enter the area," he contended.

    Afghan said that they will challenge the verdict in the high court.
     
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    Anti-terrorism court takes into custody mayor Karachi’s passport


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    Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar — File photo

    KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court took into custody the passport of Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar on Saturday.

    The ATC was hearing a case pertaining to providing treatment to terrorists and had summoned the mayor of the city in this regard.

    During the hearing, the ATC judge reprimanded Waseem Akhtar, saying that despite being the mayor of the city he did nothing for it.

    The court, in its remarks, said that the passport was given to the mayor for official visits and if he is not using it anymore then he should hand it over.

    The court then took into custody the passport from the mayor Karachi.
     
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    ATC acquits all suspects in Sahiwal encounter case

    October 24, 2019

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    A special anti-terrorism court in Lahore on Thursday acquitted all suspects in the Sahiwal encounter case giving them the benefit of doubt. — DawnNewsTV/File

    A special anti-terrorism court in Lahore on Thursday acquitted all suspects in the Sahiwal encounter case giving them the benefit of doubt.

    The court announced the verdict after the suspects' lawyers completed a cross-questioning of the testimonies of government witnesses.

    ATC-I Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta heard the case.

    During hearings of the case, the court had recorded statements of 49 witnesses, including close relatives of a victim Zeeshan and another victim Mohammad Khalil. During the proceedings, all the suspects appeared before the court.

    The injured witnesses [children of Khalil who were accompanying the victim when he was targeted] had not identified the suspects nor were the suspects identified during photogrammetric tests. The court added that the official who had provided the suspects with the weapons said he was returned all the weapons and bullets.

    In January, Mohammad Khalil, his wife and their three children were travelling in a car, with their neighbour Zeeshan behind the steering wheel, when Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel stopped the vehicle and opened fire on the passengers suspecting them to be terrorists. Khalil’s two children Umair and Muneeba had survived the attack.

    The suspects said that they had information that Zeeshan had links with a terrorist outfit. They also claimed that all the victims were killed in an 'encounter' which turned out to be false after the two minor children narrated facts of the incident to the public.

    Initially, the trial was conducted in Sahiwal, however, the Lahore High Court on June 17 shifted the proceedings to Lahore allowing an application filed by the victims' family. The petitioners contended that they had been facing problems while attending trial proceedings in Sahiwal. They also cited security reasons and asked the court to shift the trial proceedings from Sahiwal to Lahore.
     
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    ATC cancels Hassaan Niazi's interim bail in PIC attack case


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    January 02, 2020


    A special anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Thursday canceled the interim bail granted to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nephew Barrister Hassaan Niazi for “turning up late” in today’s hearing in the case pertaining to the attack on Lahore’s Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) by hundreds of lawyers on December 11, 2019.

    An ATC judge expressed annoyance at Niazi when he arrived late in the courtroom while remarking, “You showed up late despite being a lawyer.” “Law is equal for everyone,” the judge stated, and canceled his interim bail.

    Hassaan Niazi had offered an unconditional apology, and is likely to file another plea seeking bail in the case to avoid his arrest by the police.

    On the other hand, the court extended the interim bails granted to nine other lawyers accused in the PIC attack case till January 6.

    The nine lawyers whose bail has been extended include, Abdul Majid, Syed Zain Abbas, Sikander Siddiq, Ali Javed Malik, Osama Moaz, Abdul Rehman Butt, Rana Adeel, Umar Ghori and Chaudhry Muzammil.

    On Dec 20, Niazi obtained an interim bail in the same case from the court, and denied his involvement in any offence at a press conference.

    During the hearing, he had contended that he has nothing to do with the PIC attack as the police unlawfully named him in the case.

    Hassan Niazi said he had wanted to join police investigation into the case to prove his innocence but fears his arrest as the police have been carrying out raids to apprehend him.

    After hearing initial arguments, the court had approved the bail for the accused against a surety bond of Rs100,000.

    Niazi, was seen pelting stones and breaking a police mobile in a CCTV footage during the PIC attack. He had also taken pictures with his friends outside the hospital.

    Niazi, the son of Hafizullah Niazi, was among more than 250 lawyers who had stormed the hospital last week, vandalised property and damaged dozens of vehicles, besides setting ablaze a police van.

    Police had conducted multiple raids to arrest him in the attack case but were unable to catch him.
     
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    ATC sentences TLP chief's brother, nephew to 55 years in prison


    January 17, 2020

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    TLP supporters on a blocked street during protests. PHOTO:AFP

    ISLAMABAD: The brother and nephew of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi, including 86 workers and supporters of the party, were sentenced to 55 years in prison each by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Rawalpindi.

    The ATC passed the verdict in a case related to riots and clashes with local law enforcement after the party chief was arrested in 2018.

    Rizvi’s brother Ameer Hussain Rizvi and nephew Mohammad Ali, along with other convicts, were also ordered to collectively submit around Rs13 million in fines. Failing to do so would mean another 146 years imprisonment. The court also ordered the authorities to seize their movable and immovable assets.

    After the judgment was announced, the convicts were moved to Attock jail by Punjab’s Elite Force under heavy security.

    In November 2019, an ATC indicted Rizvi, party’s patron-in-chief Peer Afzal Qadri and others in a case registered after the party’s agitation and protests in the wake of Oct 2018 acquittal of blasphemy accused Aasia Bibi.

    ‎Rizvi and several senior figures were detained after they shut down major cities in protest at the acquittal of a Christian woman who had spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges.

    When Rizvi was finally detained, authorities said he was not arrested, but merely put in “protective custody”. More than 3,000 TLP members were taken into protective custody in the wake of the protests.
     
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    ATC to announce verdict on six cases against Hafiz Saeed, by end of week


    FEBRUARY 11, 2020

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    LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Tuesday accepted for hearing a petition seeking the simultaneous hearing and verdict of six cases against Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and his associates.


    According to Deputy Prosecutor General Abdul Rauf Wattoo, in total six cases against the said individuals were pending before the same court, adding that in four of these cases presentation of evidence was in progress.

    Wattoo said hearing of all four remaining cases will be concluded simultaneously at the end of the week, which is when the court will issue its verdicts. The court has already reserved its verdicts in two of the cases. The reserved verdicts, which relate to terror financing cases, will also be announced with those on other cases at the end of the week, he added.


    During the trial of both cases, the court recorded the statements of 23 witnesses.

    The JuD chief was arrested by CTD in July last year, while he was travelling from Lahore to Gujranwala, said Dawn news.


    Prior to his arrest, 23 first information reports had been registered against JuD leaders at CTD police stations of Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan, Faisalabad and Sargodha in July 2019.

    According to the CTD, JuD was financing terrorism from the massive funds collected through non-profit organisations and trusts including. These non-profit organisations were banned in April last year as the CTD, during detailed investigations, found that they had links with the JuD and its top leadership.