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ATC rejects plea for lawyers? physical remand

LAHORE: Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Judge Abdul Qayyum Khan on Thursday refused to grant physical remand of over 46 lawyers in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) attack case, and sent them to jail on judicial remand.The police produced the accused lawyers including Adnan Bhatti, Basharat Abbas, Sajjad Rasheed, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Azeem, Syed Zeeshan Ali, Mudassar Rasheed, Malik Muhammad Arshad, Junaid Arshad, Rana Islam, Muhammad Asad Suleman, Imran Naeem, Arshad Walayat, Ali Imran, Hassan Mirza, Hafiz Umair, Faheem Shaukat, Sheikh Irfan, Ali Bin Khalid, Asad Zafar, Malik Farooq, Hafiz Tanveer, Dilawar, Ghayas Ahmad, Arsalan Raza, Turab Warraich, Mattiur Rehman, Rana Kausar, Sajid Hussain, Maqsood Ahmad, Hassan Ali, Hafiz Muhammad Shakil, Tayyab Rasool, Ali Raza, Umar Ghaffar, Waqas Ali, Fahad Sultan, Muhammad Shahbaz, Shehroze, Rana Muhammad Aslam and Asad Salman before the court amid tight security. The police produced accused lawyers with covered faces before the ATC judge.The investigating officer in the case submitted record before the court and sought physical remand of the alleged attackers.However, on the other hand, Advocate Ghulam Mustafa appeared on behalf of lawyers and opposed the remand plea of the police.The counsel also requested the court to order medical examination of lawyers as they had been allegedly tortured in the police custody.The judge, after hearing both parties, observed that the accused were nominated in the FIRs but no specific role had been attributed to them. He said it had not been mentioned in the FIRs that who was actually having any weapon of offence. Hence, there is no justification to grant physical remand of the accused. Request of the investigating officer is turned down, the judge stated in the order.The judge also directed the investigation officer to get the accused medically examined before sending them to jail on judicial remand. Moreover, the IO has been asked to hold identification parade of the accused within six days.Moreover, a petition against the arrest of lawyers had been set for hearing at the Lahore High Court (LHC). Justice Anwarul Haq will hear the petition on Friday (today).Shadman police had registered two FIRs against over 250 accused with arrest of 46 lawyers. Some women lawyers arrested from the scene were already released by the police.The FIRs were registered under sections 148, 186, 290, 291, 324, 353 and 436 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) in addition to Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

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