ATC approves Imaan Mazari's bail in terror case

ATC approves Imaan Mazari's bail in terror case

Islamabad (Web Desk): Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad on Saturday approved bail of human rights activist and lawyer Imaan Mazari in a terror case against her.

 ATC Judge Abu Al-Hasnat Muhammad Zul-Qarnain presided over the hearing on Imaan's post-arrest bail plea.

The court accepted the bail plea of Imaan Mazari in the case registered against her in Bara Kahu police station against a surety bond of Rs10,000.

Imaan’s mother, former human rights minister Shireen Mazari, also appeared in the court along with lawyers Zainab Janjua and Qaiser Imam.

Meanwhile, the ATC judge also issued a written order on yesterday's hearing, and directed Attorney General for Pakistan to assist the court at the next hearing.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb had ordered against arresting Imaan in any other case.

In the order issued by court, it was said that according to SSP operations, three cases were  registered against Imaan in Islamabad whereas she was granted bail in two cases.

The petitioner's mother said there is a fear of arrest again in case of bail in the third case.

The court barred the federal authorities including Interior Secretary, IG Islamabad and DG FIA from arresting Imaan Mazari or assisting the provinces regarding her detention in any other case.

The court further dircted the parties that Iman Mazari may not move outside the limits of the federal territory.

The court also ordered authorities to get the details about cases registered against Mazari in the provinces and inform the court by Monday.

It should be remembered that the ATC had ordered to send Imaan to jail on judicial remand at the prevuious hearing, after which a post-arrest bail application was filed for Iman Mazari.

During the previous hearing, on the request of Imaan’s lawyers, the court fixed the bail application for hearing today, after sending her to jail on judicial remand and issued directives to keep her in a women’s police station in the capital city until her bail hearing today.

It is pertinent to mention that Imaan and former MNA Ali Wazir were arrested on August 20 for alleged sedition, two days after a Pashtun Tahaffuz Move­ment (PTM) public meeting in Islamabad.  The next day, the ATC had granted police three-day physical remand of Mazari and Wazir.

On August 28, Imaan was granted bail in the sedition case but was re-arrested within hours by the Islamabad police in newly filed terror case. The following day, the ATC handed her over to the police on three-day physical remand in the same case.

This bail comes a day after an ATC sent her to jail on judicial remand.