LAHORE -  The Lahore High Court on Thursday granted bail to a suspect mentioned in supplementary statement of an FIR lodged in the murder of PPP leader Babar Butt.

Justice Kazim Raza Shamsi directed suspect Shoaib Jutt to deposit Rs200,000.  The petitioner’s counsel said that Shoaib had nothing to do with the murder. The suspect was implicated in the case in supplementary statements, the court was told.

Plea against Electoral Reform Act not maintainable

The Supreme Court Registrar office Thursday objected to a petition moved by Pakistan Awami Tehreek against Electoral Reform Act, 2017 saying that the petition was not maintainable.

The PAT had challenged the new law as well as election of Nawaz Sharif as president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz  (PML-N) before the SC Lahore registry.

Reserved

The Lahore High Court on Thursday reserved verdict on maintainability of an intra court appeal seeking accountability of all people exposed in Panama leaks.

A division bench headed by Justice Ayesha A Malik heard the arguments on an appeal moved by Muhammad Ilyas, a citizen. Last week, a single bench comprising Justice Shahid Karim had dismissed the petition for not being maintainable.  The appellant had said that over 300 people were mentioned by the Panama papers but only the members of Sharif family were being tried. He prayed the court to order accountability of all those mentioned in Panama papers’ case.

Hafiz detention case

The Lahore High Court on Thursday gave another chance to the federal government to argue on detention of Jamatud Dawa’s (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. 

Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi passed the order observing that the court wanted to decide the matter without delay but had been waiting for the federal government’s view for last many hearings. A law officer pleaded the court that Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf was abroad to after his ailing daughter and would return shortly. 

On it, the Judge directed the law officer to ensure presence of the attorney general on the next hearing, warning that otherwise the court would decide the case as arguments of the petitioner’s counsel had already been completed. The judge adjourned the hearing till the next week.

However, during the proceedings, Punjab government’s lawyer said that detention Hafiz Saeed had been extended for another 30-day starting from Oct 25 with the approval of a provincial review board. He said the board, however, had turned down the government’s request for extending detention of four other leaders of the JuD.

Jamatud Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed had challenged his detention through Advocate A. K Dogar and submitted that the provincial government detained him on the basis of mere apprehensions and hearsay.

He contended that an order of preventive detention had to satisfy the requirements laid down by the Supreme Court in its many judgments but in the instant case sheer violation of laws had been committed by the government.

He said imprisonment without trial and conviction was prima facie unlawful and unconstitutional.

Hafiz Saeed and his companions had been facing detention since January 28. However, last week, the provincial review board turned down request of the Punjab government regarding extension in detention of four aides of Hafiz Saeed last week except Hafiz saeed who is still under detention.