The Judiciary – 2010



Acquittals – of criminals accused of terrorism and grave crimes

It is rare that those involved in heinous crimes like terrorism get arrested; however, those who are detained obtain acquittal from courts for inadequate and lax prosecution. For instance:

  1. 1. Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Mushtaq Baig was killed in a suicide attack. The involved accuseds were set free because of a lack of evidence.

Monthly Nia Zamana; June 2010

  1. 2. Hajrat Ullah, the accused of attack on the Manawan (police) center acquitted.

The daily Jang; Lahore, June 20, 2010

  1. 3. Religious scholar freed in Swat

The daily News; Lahore, June 30, 2010

  1. 4. The accused involved in the (terrorist) attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team were also released for want of evidence.

Monthly Nia Zamana; June 2010

  1. 5. When the Chief Justice Lahore High Court ordered release on bail of Dr. Usman who was accused of attack on the GHQ, there was a roar of slogans in the courtroom: Khawaja Sharif (the CJ) – Zinda Bad; Nawaz Sharif – Zinda Bad; Azad Adalia (Free Judiciary) – Zinda Bad; Tehrik Taliban –  Zinda Bad.

Monthly Nia Zamana; June 2010

  1. 6. Man acquitted in (Marriot) hotel attack case

The daily Dawn; Lahore, June 8, 2010

  1. 7. Anti-terrorism court orders release of Maulana Shah Abdul Aziz (in Peshawar)

The daily Jang, Lahore; August 4, 2010


Note:      Compare the above to the decision of the Additional Session Judge of Mirpur Sindh whereby she sentenced Mr. Tahir Ahmad, Ahmadi to three years’ imprisonment for wearing a T-shirt on which the Kalima (Islamic creed) was written. The authorities prosecuted the victim for 11 years, and won the case.


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