ISLAMABAD - The Attorney General on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that two persons have been arrested regarding display of banners and posters in the heart of federal capital.
Attorney General for Pakistan Salman Butt submitted the reports of Interior Secretary and DG Intelligence Bureau to the court. According to Secretary Ministry of Interior report Shafiq Butt and his two accomplices Muhammad Nazar and Muhammad Waqar have taken into custody and investigation was going on and an FIR 234/14 has been registered.
The AGP sought some time for the completion of investigation and the arrest of other accused against whom the police had gathered information for their involvement in hanging of the banners and posters.
A two-judge comprising Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Mushir Alam was hearing the petition of Geo TV against blocking its transmission by the cable operators. The attorney general said the banners were not against a person but the Supreme Court as an institution. He further told that the banners have been removed from various places of Islamabad. The Anjuman-e-Tajran had disowned that they were behind placing the banners and posters in the federal capital, he added.
The court asked the AGP not to arrest any innocent persons but don't spare the accused, how influential they are. "We have to get to the bottom of this happening."
Taufiq Asif, ex-president Lahore High Court Bar Association, Rawalpindi bench, pointed out that the administration have not arrested the main culprits. He said a few persons had come in Vego and Parado put up banners and posters from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. in various parts of Islamabad but now the administration say they did not know. Ex-president LHCBA, Rawalpindi bench said the police should arrest those who had given order and money for hanging the banners.
The attorney general also informed the court that the Pemra had issued notice to the ARY for airing obnoxious programme on 26th May. Justice Jawwad on Tuesday while hearing the missing person case referring to a television talk show aired on ARY Monday night, which contained scurrilous accusation against the judge had directed the attorney general to find out who was trying to attack and damage the prestige of the institution, particularly the apex court. The case was adjourned till 10th June.