ATC discharges Dr Rashid

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LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court on Saturday discharged PTI Punjab president Dr Yasmin Rashid and 23 other suspects who were arrested in the Jinnah House attack case during the May 9 violence.

Sarwar Road police produced Dr Rashid and others before the court. The investigating officer requested the court to grant a 14-day physical remand of Dr Rashid to conduct her photogrammetry test, voice match and recover her mobile phone(s).

Advocate Rana Mudassar Umar, on behalf of Dr Rashid, opposed the remand and argued that the police had no evidence against his client. He said Dr Rashid was an elderly woman with multiple health issues and her custody with the police might endanger her life.

Judge Abher Gul Khan observed that the case record revealed that Dr Rashid was not nominated in the FIR nor was she involved through supplementary statements.

The judge noted that the woman leader was summoned in the case based on the disclosure of a co-suspect, which had no evidentiary value in the eyes of the law.

The judge ordered the police to release Dr Rashid forthwith if not required in any other case.

However, the PTI leader is unlikely to be released yet as she is on judicial remand in two other cases, including attack on Shadman police station and violence on Sher Pao Bridge.

The IO further told the court that as many as 126 suspects had undergone the process of the identification parade in the Jinnah House attack case. He said 23 suspects had not been found guilty in the identification parade, therefore, they could be discharged in the case.

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