ATC issues arrest warrants of Shahbaz Taseer

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer, after he failed to appear despite being summoned in a case against his kidnapping.

The court had summoned Shahbaz Taseer for Monday to record his statement in the case but he failed to appear in the court. The court took strict notice of his absence and issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Shahbaz while adjourning the further hearing till October 13.

It is pertinent to mention that the court had already recorded statement of complainant- Ayehsa Tumi- in the kidnap case of Shahbaz Taseer.

The court had consigned the case to record after granting bail to four suspects -Usman, Abdul Rehman, Farhad and Moazzam – in May 2014.

The ATC reopened the trial of the suspects when one of them filed an application in August 2016, seeking resumption of the trial proceedings as the kidnapped son of the slain governor had been recovered.

Shahbaz Taseer was recovered in March 2016, nearly five years after his abduction in 2011 from Lahore.

We are not ones to be afraid of being arrested

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, said we are not one to be afraid of being arrested and I Know my crime very well.

Speaking to the media after appearing before the accountability court, where her husband MNA Capt (retd) Safdar was also present, she said those who appear in court are being arrested form the airport while absconders are running free and holding rallies.

“Judges will have to answer as questions are raised when a case over Panama [Papers] ended up on the Iqama ,” she remarked.

The court also approved Safdar’s bail and ordered him to submit a surety bond worth Rs50 million. He was also directed to take the court’s permission before leaving the country.

After providing a copy of the reference  spread over 53 volumes  to Maryam and Safdar, Judge Mohammad Bashir also directed her to submit a surety bond of Rs5 million.