Tortured Sikh lawyer released on bail

THE Lahore High Court on Thursday released on interim bail a Sikh lawyer Anop Singh who was subjected to torture including cutting down hair and beard in the custody of Pindi Gheb police.

Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry adjourned till December 24 his petition filed through Arif Chaudhry advocate, seeking quashment of a case of house trespassing and torturing of inmates lodged against him in Pindi Gheb, Attock.

Arif Chaudhry advocate, who is also president of Pak-India Friendship Association, submitted before the court that the case against Anop Singh was mala fide since it was registered to stop him from pleading the divorce case of Safina Kanwal against her estranged husband Mohammad Amin.

He submitted that Amin implicated Anop in the case with the connivance of police in order to teach him a lesson for pleading a litigation against him, and beat him up in police lockup and cut down his beard and hair, a thing strictly forbidden in Sikh religion.

He said Safina fully supported him but the police refused to register any case against the accused as yet.

ETPB, DHA issued notices: A civil court on Thursday issued notices to Secretary Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and Defense Housing Authority (DHA) for December 21 on a petition, challenging the sale of 307 Kanal government’s property illegally to DHA by ETPB officials.

The petition was moved by one Rana Mushtaq, alleging that ETPB had fraudulently sold out 307 Kanal land to the DHA which was actually owned by the Punjab government.

He further stated in his petition that the ETPB had no right to sell out the said property to the DHA. The court, after accepting his petition, issued notices to secretary ETPB and DHA for December 21.

[Source: The News]

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