LAHORE - A special court established under Protection of Pakistan Act (PoPA) yesterday directed prosecution to submit challan of accused taken into custody for their alleged involvement in terrorism.

Presiding Judge Muqarrab Khan observed that the trial would be formally started on February 22.

As proceedings commenced, a Joint Action Team headed by DSP Nasir Bajwa produced Agha Tahir and other suspects before the court. The officer told the judge that Ghalib Market police arrested the suspects and recovered hate material from their custody. On it, the judge directed police to submit their challans on the next hearing.

In Lahore, police registered 200 cases against different suspects under PoPA, however, police submitted no challan yet before it. In 2014, the National Assembly passed Protection of Pakistan Act while in 2015, special courts were established in different provincial capitals to punish those who were found involved in fanning terrorism in the country.