Pakistan’s ATC awards 4738 yrs imprisonment to TLP’s leader, activists

by Nadia Riaz on January 17, 2020 | Images Source Social Media


Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has awarded 4,738 years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs13 million on Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s brother and nephew and 87 other activists.

The court has also ordered to confiscate all moveable and immoveable property of all accused, reported The News International. The order was delivered by Rawalpindi Judge Shaukat Kamal Dar late in the night on Thursday, January 16.

The court has awarded 55 years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1,35000 for each accused. In case of non-payment of fine, the accused will face extra imprisonment of 146 years.

There was high security all around in ATC Rawalpindi at the time of decision.

As the court gave the decision, police and Elite Force/Special Branch officials loaded all accused in three buses to shift them to the Attock jail.

On November 24, 2018, police arrested TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi, his brother Ameer Hussain Rizvi, his nephew Muhammad Ali, besides 87 other activists, on charges of creating unrest.

The arrests had been made after TLP led a protest, which lasted for days and included several other political parties. The sit-ins were against the Supreme Court’s decision to release Asiya Bibi, a Christian woman on death row since 2010, acquitting her of blasphemy charges. The protests were ended after the government and the religious parties reached a 4-point agreement.


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