LAHORE -  A retired officer of Election Commission of Pakistan who was allegedly kept detained at a mental hospital by her maternal-nephew was produced before the Lahore High Court yesterday.

Dr Nasir Mahmood, Medical Superintendent of Punjab Institute of Mental Health, produced Farhat Khan in the court. The doctor told the court that when she was admitted to the hospital she was suffering from some mental illness but now she was fine.  Her maternal nephew Ali Raza Bhutta many times was requested to take the lady home but he was not convinced, said the doctor.

At this, Justice Erum Sajad Gul of the LHC observed that Farhat Khan was free and she might go to the place of her choice. Earlier, the petitioner lady through her counsel said that Ali Raza Bhutta, maternal nephew of former officer Farhat Khan, took his maternal aunt Farhat Khan to Mental hospital for her treatment.

He left her there and never returned. The petitioner alleged that Ali Raza wanted to occupy the property of her maternal aunt, therefore, he kept her detained at the hospital. The hospital administration, the petitioner alleged, did not allow anyone to meet the lady there. She prayed the court to order the mental hospital to release the lady.

ATC dismisses PAT plea

An anti-terrorism court yesterday dismissed an application of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) requesting to make Model Town inquiry report as part of private complaint filed against prime minister, Punjab chief minister and others on charges of killing its workers in the 2014 incident.

PAT’s counsel Rai Bashir contended before the court that the report of the inquiry conducted by a Lahore High Court judge into the incident should be made part of the complaint’s proceedings.

He submitted that the report would help the court decide the complaint. However, a deputy prosecutor opposed the request and argued that the judicial inquiry was held for the utility of the government and it could not be used for prosecution. After hearing both sides, the court dismissed the plea adjourned further hearing till Oct 4.

Minhajul Quran’s Director Administration Jawwad Hamid had filed the private complaint. The other respondents in the complaint include interior minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, defence minister Khwaja Asif, railway’s minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq, information minister Pervez Rashid, state minister Abid Sher Ali, MNA Hamza Shahbaz, Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah, IGP Mushtaq Sukhera and others.