Lahore (Web Desk): An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Thursday directed to hand over those accused of attacking the Jinnah (corps commander’s) House in Lahore's Cantonment area to the army to initiate trials against them.
On May 9, violent protests erupted across the country countrywide after the Rangers arrested by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption.
The commanding officer had sought the custody of 16 accused of involvement in the attack which includes former MPA Mian Akram Usman.
The officer maintained that the suspects have been found guilty under Sections 3,7 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act.
He stated that the ATC has therefore, decided that they can be tried under the Army Act 1952.
As per the court's verdict, the prosecution did not oppose the commander's request and subsequently, the court ordered for all 16 accused persons to be remanded over to the officer.
According to sources, the accused include Ammar Zohaib, Ali Iftikhar, Ali Raza, Muhammad Arsalan, Muhammad Umair, Muhammad Rahim, Ziaur Rehman, Waqas Ali, Rais Ahmed, Faisal Arshad, Muhammad Bilal, Faheem Haider, Arzam Junaid, Mian Muhammad Akram Usman, Muhammad Hasher Khan and Hassan Shakir.
Meanwhile, PTI chief Imran Khan on Thursday Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former premier Imran Khan on Thursday challenged the invoking of Article 245, under which the army can be called in to aid the civil administration, in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Balochistan and Islamabad.