ATC grants police 3-day physical remand of Imaan Mazari

ATC grants police 3-day physical remand of Imaan Mazari
Source: File

Islamabad: Anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday granted three-day physical remand of human rights activist and lawyer Imaan Mazari in a case under the Anti Terrrorism Act (ATA).

Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain announced the reserved verdict.

While Imaan was produced in front of the court, Imaan Mazari's mother, former PTI MNA and former Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari and prosecutor Raja Naveed appeared at the ATC.

The judge allowed Imaan to meet her mother Shireen Mazari in courtroom and ask any unrelated persons to leave the room during their meeting. 

During the hearing, prosecutor told the court that a case has been registered against Imaan in Bhara Kahu police station in response to a complaint lodged by a resident of Nai Abadi, Shahzad, against Imaan, Wazir, and others. The plaintiff accused Imaan of inciting the youth against the state.

He said that the complainant alleged that when he defected from Imaan’s party, he received threats. Imaan's party aimed at dividing people through regionalism.

Prosecutor told the court that plaintiff has accused Imaan’s party of receiving the money and using it for anti-state activities.

The prosecutor told the court that the complainant also mentioned about the risk to his life in the First Information Report (FIR). 

Raja Naveed requested the court to grant police physical remand of Imaan, arguing that ATC should give 15-day remand in such cases, however Imaan Mazari is a woman.

Oppossing the physical remand, Imaan’s lawyer Zainab Janjua argued that a new case was filed against Imaan when she was supposed to get bail from the court.

"How can three cases be registered on the same incident?", Mazari's lawyer said, adding that Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) is not a terrorist group.

Earlier, the court reserved its decision after hearing arguments from the prosecutor and Imaan's counsel.

It is pertinent to mention that Imaan Mazari was rearrested on Monday shortly after her release from Adiala Jail following her bail granted by an ATC in sedition case.