RAWALPINDI - Charges were dropped against Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Member of National Assembly (MNA), Anjum Aqeel Khan, and 17 others on Monday, who were accused of obtaining forceful release of the MNA from Islamabad police custody after police nabbed the PML-N legislator in National Police Foundation (NPF) land scam last year.

Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi Number 1 Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman ordered the release of MNA and his 17 others companions while accepting an acquittal plea filed by Anjum Aqeel Khan thorough his lawyer Tanveer Iqbal Khan under section 265-K.

Anjum Aqeel Khan was booked by Islamabad Police in the land scam of Rs 6 billion in July last year.

However, a large number of MNA’s supporters obtained his forceful release from Islamabad Police custody and taking action on which a case was registered against the accused on July 16, 2011.

Talking to media persons, the PML-N MNA termed the court verdict as victory of truth and right, saying it also proved that the PPP-led government victimised the PML-N workers politically.

He said that PML-N believes in the independence of judiciary and respects of court verdicts.