SC issues arrest warrants for PML-N MNA

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued non bailable arrest warrants for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Chaudhry Abid Raza for his involvement in the murder of six people in Gujrat.

The PML-N MNA 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. However, Raza was acquitted after the families of the deceased forgave him on the basis of compromise.

A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, while hearing the case related to Raza’s disqualification, took notice over his acquittal in terrorism charges. The bench stated  that a compromise for a case under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 (ATA) is not allowed.

Arrest warrants were issued for Raza despite arguments put forward by his advocate, Ali Zafar.

The hearing of the case was adjourned for two weeks.

Chaudhry Abid Raza was convicted in the murder case of six people during an assassination bid on former Gujrat Tehsil Nazim and ex-MPA Ghulam Sarwar Bhloch back in 1998

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