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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.

Shoe hurling case Nawaz Sharif

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.


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