LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Tuesday restrained the Sargodha Anti-Terrorism Court from announcing a final decision against former PPP MPA Aslam Madhyana, involved in a schoolteacher, Nafees Khan, torture case.

A division bench headed by Justice Sheikh Najamul Hassan was hearing the petition of accused, Aslam Madhyana, seeking elimination of section 7-ATA (Anti-Terrorism Act) from the case registered against him. He submitted that the punishment for torture and injuries resulting from them, as pointed out in the medical report, was about five years under the law, and there was no evidence that compelled the police to register a case under terrorism sections. NO?Murder of democracy: The murder of the democracy would not be allowed at any cost, a Lahore High Court Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked on Tuesday while hearing a petition challenging the funds given to parliamentarians for developments works in their constituencies. Petitioner Lawyer Feroz Shah Gilani told the court that the government had allocated development funds to the members of provincial and national assemblies besides senators for the development schemes in their respective constituencies.