Court rejects bail pleas of Capt Safdar, other Leaguers

By: News Desk      Published: 12:10 PM, 4 Sep, 2020
Court rejects bail pleas of Capt Safdar, other Leaguers

A local court in Lahore on Friday dismissed the bail pleas of Captain Safdar and 15 other PML-N leaders and workers who are nominated in a case related to the violent clashes outside the NAB offices, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The decision came as Additional Sessions Judge Shakil Ahmed heard the matter after police added Sections 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) to the FIR.

During the hearing, the investigation officer from the Chung Police Station said the court could not hear the matter as the case was covered by the ATA.

Later, the judge ruled that the court could no longer hear the case after inclusion of Section 7 of the ATA in the case and asked the applicants to approach the relevant forum for the purpose. The same court had granted interim bail to Capt Safdar and others earlier on Aug 21.

Meanwhile, Capt Safdar left the courtroom, fearing the possible arrest. He said the case was of politically-motivated and the police could not incorporate the ATA into the matter.

Over 50 PML-N supporters were arrested as they clashed with police outside the NAB office located near Thokar Niaz Baig in Lahore on Aug 11, resulting in injuries to several of them, after they were stopped from moving forward along with PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz.

As the clash erupted, the angry protesters tried to remove the barricades erected in the area and pelted the police with stones while the cops used teargas and baton charge to disperse them.

On the same day, Maryam told a press conference that the NAB had summoned her to cause physical harm to her, as she shared the details of how her vehicle was targeted with stones.

Maryam said huge stones were thrown from behind the barricades placed outside the NAB office, causing a crack in the windscreen.

Had she not been in a bulletproof vehicle, she would have received serious injuries, Maryam said while citing the video clap she had earlier shared on Twitter.

The police suddenly resorted to teargassing and pelting stones, she said and added that the government panicked after seeing a huge crowd as they were not expecting such a large gathering.

Meanwhile, the PML-N also tried in vain to get an attempt to murder case registered against Prime Minister Imran Khan, his adviser Shahzad Akbar and others.