LAHORE - Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has remarked that terrorism is a crime against state and reconciliation cannot be tolerated in cases registered under Anti-Terrorism Act.

The CJP gave such remarks during the hearing of an appeal seeking acquittal of an accused convicted under the Anti-Terrorism Act. 

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani placed the order.

The bench also sought assistance from Punjab prosecution department on a question of reconciliation in cases registered under provisions of Anti Terrorism Act.

Asif Siddique of Gujranwala had killed four people in 2002 and tried by an anti-terrorism court.

He was sentenced to death by the court. He had filed an appeal in the apex court submitting that the convict had reconciliation with legal heirs of the deceased, hence, he should be acquitted.

The bench asked the counsel of the petitioner to argue on how an accused could be acquitted after his reconciliation with the legal heirs when the crime was against the state.

The bench observed that there had been several judgments on the said point that settlement in terrorism cases could not be admissible under the law.

However, the court adjourned further proceedings till next month and sought assistance of prosecution department on the matter.