LAHORE - An-anti-terrorism court yesterday sent PTI leader Ashraf Sohna to jail on judicial remand on the charges of torturing a presiding officer of a polling station of Okara district during the recent local bodies’ election.

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Okara B-Division police produced Ashraf Sohna before the court and pleaded the court to grant him physical remand, so that they could investigate him.

However, the judge rejected the plea and sent the leader to jail on judicial remand. A number of PTI workers gathered outside the courtroom and they chanted slogan in his favor.

The police took him and others for manhandling election staff, resorting to aerial firing and hindering the polling process.

BAIL: An 11-year old boy was granted bail in a cell phone theft case. Gujjarpura police produced Ahmad Iftikhar before the magistrate and the complainant of the case had forgiven him and he did not want further proceedings in the case. On it, the magistrate granted bail to the boy against furnishing of surety bonds.

Notice in POL prices case: The Lahore High Court yesterday issued notices to the federal government in a petition challenging recent increase in petroleum products and adjourned further hearing for two weeks.

Mateenul Haq, a citizen, had filed the petition and pointed out that the POL prices were increased without approval of the parliament. The petitioner stated that the prices were increased through a notification. Without approval of the parliament, notification of tax or increase in prices cannot be issued, he argued. He submitted that the POL prices at international level were decreasing the international market but it was questionable that why the prices in Pakistan were increased. He prayed the court to set aside the recent increase in petroleum products.

TRIBUNAL JUDGES: The LHC dismissed a petition for being infructous filed against the appointment of election tribunal’s judges without the approval of the Chief Justice.

The LHC held that the proceedings of an election tribunal cannot be stopped on the basis of its an interim order. Khwaja Salman Rafiq, a runner up candidate of PML-N had filed the petition against alleged rigging in PP-52.