ATC grants bail to Nehal hashmi in controversial speech case

KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday granted bail to the Pakistan Muslim-League – Nawaz senator Nehal Hashmi in a case pertaining to his alleged threat to the public servants involved with the Panama Leaks proceedings.

Hashmi was booked after his May 28 controversial speech in which he allegedly threatened the government officials who are dealing with the Panama scandal, went viral on social media and aired on news channels.

Earlier, the senator belonged to ruling PML-N had obtained bail from the Sessions court but after the insertion of Anti-Terrorism Act, his case was transferred to ATC.

According to the complainant, Hashmi had threatened the Judges and JIT members for dire consequences, adding that his speech is tantamount to spread terror and fear.

Hashmi on the other hand, had maintained that his whole speech spans 14 minutes but the media showed only clip of few seconds, letting an unnecessary controversy. He said that he cannot even think to contempt courts or judiciary, adding that his statement was presented out of context.

After hearing the hearing arguments from both sides, the ATC judge granted him a interim bail against a surety of Rs 200,000.

“Those who have held [the Sharif family] accountable, and those who are doing so, listen with open ears. We wouldn’t spare you. You’re in service today and will retire tomorrow. We will make it difficult for your children, your family, to live in Pakistan,” he was quoted as saying in the video.

After he found himself in hot waters following the stir caused by his controversial statement, he had tendered his resignation from the Senate seat. The resignation was, however, later withdrawn. Meanwhile, the PML-N has revoked his party membership.

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