LAHORE - The Supreme Court Friday directed the Punjab police inspector general to hold an investigation into alleged aerial firing and torture of policemen by of PTI MPA Malik Nadeem Abbas Bara and his supporters in Lahore. 

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a suo motu case at Lahore registry. He directed the IGP to probe the incident completely and submit a report.

Justice Nisar observed the IGP is an honest man and will thoroughly probe the matter, adding that he, therefore, wrap up the suo motu proceedings. A state lawyer informed the court that most of the accused involved in the case have been rounded up and remanded in custody for questioning.

The MPA-elect’s lawyer claimed the firing took place somewhere else, but police implicated his client along with his men.  The SP concerned got registered a fake case against Mr Abbas and his supporters due to his personal grudge, he alleged.

According to police, supporters of the PTI leader, who won a provincial assembly seat, PP-161, allegedly indulged in celebratory gunfire and aerial firing at his guest house. When the policemen, who were patrolling the area, attempted to stop them, the accused along with his men held the policemen hostage and beat them up.

Special bench formed to hear case against Musharraf

A special bench has been constituted to resume hearing of the High Treason case instituted against the former military President Pervez Musharraf by the PML-N government in 2014 on the question of issuing PCO in November 2007 that subjected the superior court judges to fresh oath while detaining about half of them at their respective houses.

The bench will be presided over by Chief Justice Lahore High Court Yawar Ali Khan and comprise Justice Tahir Safdar of Balochistan High Court and Justice Nazir Akbar of Sindh High Court as other members.  Musharraf has been living abroad since March 17 after his name placed on the ECL was lifted by the Interior Ministry to let him fly out for medical treatment.

Reply sought

The Lahore High Court Friday sought a reply from the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on a petition moved by Free Media Foundation/Sought Asia Free Media Association against sealing of its office by the authority. Advocate Saiful Malook appeared on behalf of Safma’s secretary general Imtiaz Alam and argued that organisation was the only training institution for journalists in South Asia. He said training institutions and libraries situated in residential areas could not be sealed under the LDA rules.

He said the LDA’s move to seal Safma office was an attempt to curb freedom of press in the country and it was done without any legal justification. He asked requests court to direct the LDA to de-seal Safma office immediately. Justice Shahid Karim heard the arguments and issued notice to the LDA director general for Aug 7.