Petition seeks inclusion of terrorism sections in shoe hurling case
LAHORE: A petition seeking inclusion of Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997 in a case pertaining to the hurling of a shoe at former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at a ceremony in Jamia Naeemia in Garhi Shahu was filed in the Lahore High Court on Tuesday.
The petition challenged the verdict of an anti-terrorism court that allowed removal of the terrorism section from the FIR, sending the case to an ordinary court for trial.
It stated removal of Section 7 of ATA, 1997 was against the law as the accused persons’ act of hurling a shoe at a political personality couldn’t be condoned.
The incident caused a sense of insecurity among people, including politicians, the petition said while pleading that the verdict of the ATC should be stricken down.
On March 11, suspect Munawar Hussain tossed a shoe at Sharif when he approached the podium to address the gathering in Jamia Naeemia.
Subsequently, he along with his two associates – Muhammad Sajid and Abdul Ghafoor – was taken into custody.
A first information report (FIR) was registered against them under Section 355(assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person), 504 (criminal intimidation) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPP) and Section 16 of Maintenance of Public Order.
Later, Section 7 of the ATA was also incorporated in the FIR after investigation.
A lawyer, representing the accused persons, argued before the ATC that his client threw a shoe at Sharif out of hatred for him for introducing a controversial amendment to the law regarding finality of prophethood.
He further said Sharif was no more prime minister, nor was he a member of parliament. He, therefore, should be treated as an ordinary citizen, he added.
In his arguments, a prosecutor said the crime comes within the ambit of terrorism as it created law and order situation in addition to fear among participants of the gathering.