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Lahore ATC holds jail trial of PTI leaders, workers in May 9 violence case

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LAHORE: An Anti-Ter­rorism Court on Monday conducted proceedings of two cases against PTI leaders and workers in Kot Lakhpat jail for their alleged involvement in May 9 attacks on Shadman Police Station and burning of police vehicles near Rahat Bakery in Cant­on­ment area.

The court also summ­o­ned prosecution witnesses at the next hearing.

ATC-I Judge Naveed Iqbal conducted the proceedings of cases in the jail.

PTI-Punjab President Dr Yasmin Rashid, former governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema, Senator Ijaz Chaudhry, former provincial minister Mehmoodur Rasheed and other jailed PTI suspects were produced before the court.

Rubina Jamil, a former MNA of PTI, and some other suspects, who were released on bail, did not appear before the court.

The judge adjourned further hearing of the two cases till Feb 15 and directed the prosecution to produce its witnesses at the next hearing.

The judge also ordered the prosecution to ensure appearance of the suspects in the court, who are on bail, at the next hearing.

The PTI leaders and workers have already been indicted in the cases, but they have pleaded not guilty.

Copies of challans (inv­estigation reports) have been given to the suspects.

Sarwar Road police had registered a case against PTI leaders and workers for allegedly torching official vehicles near a bakery during May 9 violence.

Shadman police had registered FIR No 768 regarding attack on the police station.

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