KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed prosecutor general (PG) Sindh and respondents to submit their replies on a petition challenging Anti-Terrorism Court’s Verdict that transferred the case pertaining to an armed attack on provincial minister Syed Awais Muzaffar to a sessions court in Thatta.
A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai was seized with the hearing of petition filed by Aftab Hussain, a close associate of Mazafar, who impleaded the prosecutor general, and two accused Yaqoob Kehar and Ali Akbar as respondents.
The bench issued notices to respondents and adjourned the hearing of the case to a date to be fixed later by the court office.
The petitioner, Aftab Hussain, submitted that ATC Hyderabad passed order on July 3, 2013, whereby it transferred the case of 11 May attack on Mazaffar to session court on an application of the counsel for accused under Section 23 of the Anti-Terrrism Act, 1997 seeking shifting of the case to an ordinary court of Thatta.
He said that ATC transferred the case to ordinary court on the ground that case did not fall within the jurisdiction of ATC. He, however, contended before the judges that ATC did not appreciate the fact that the offence committed by the accused falls within ambit of Ant-Terrorism Act 1997.
The petitioner said that sole reason of the attack on PPP leader was to target and kill him by using the sophisticated weapons that spread fear and violence among the people. He pleaded the court to set aside the judgment of ATC and transfer the case back to ATC.