LAHORE- The Punjab Prosecution Department has moved the Lahore High Court for dismissal of the cases registered against Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq during the regime of former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf.

The Punjab Prosecution Department said in an appeal that Lohari Gate police had registered two cases against Saad Rafiq in 2004 under Anti-Terrorism Act and other sections of PPC.

The prosecution department submitted that the cases were politically motivated and no witness testified in the cases so far. The department prayed to the court to restrain the trial court from holding proceedings in the cases and direct the police to dismiss the cases.

INTERIM BAILS CANCELLED: Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday cancelled interim bails of three accused involved in an extortion case. 

Nawaz, a trader from Kasur, challenged the order of a local court granting interim bails to the three accused involved in extorting money from him. The petitioner submitted that Ahmad Hassan, Ijaz and Adeel tortured him badly on his refusal to pay them Rs 80,000.

He further said they also damaged his shop by taking away various items from there. Counsel for the accused said the allegations against his clients were false and baseless.

Mirza Majeed Abid, a law officer, said the accused had a criminal record as the police had traced more cases against them. The law officer further said the accused were involved in various crimes, including extortion from local traders. The judge, after hearing arguments of the two sides, cancelled interim bails of the three accused. As the accused came out of the court, police took them into their custody.