SC issues non-bailable arrest warrant for PML-N MNA Abid Raza


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lawmaker Abid Raza and two others in the murder of six people in Gujrat.
The PML-N lawmaker, who had won NA-107 Gujrat 4 election during the May 2013 general elections, was awarded death penalty by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in 2003 in the murders charges. Raza, however, was acquitted after the families of the deceased forgave him on the basis of compromise.
The apex court had taken a suo moto notice of his acquittal after a settlement with the petitioner in the case despite having been charged under anti-terrorism act. The bench stated that a compromise for a case under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 (ATA) is not allowed.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mr Anwar Zaheer Jamali, ordered police to produce the culprits, while adjourning the hearing.
Arrest warrants were issued for Raza despite arguments put forward by his advocate, Ali Zafar.
The hearing of the case has been adjourned for two weeks.
The lawmaker was convicted in the murder case of six people during an assassination bid on former Gujrat Tehsil Nazim and ex-MPA Ghulam Sarwar Bhooch back in 1998.