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Court grants bail to Khadim Rizvi and Afzal Qadri

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday has approved bail of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Chief Khadim Rizvi and senior leader Afzal Qadri in a case related to sabotaging peace in the wake of Supreme Court of Pakistan’s (SC) verdict acquitting Asia Bibi in blasphemy case.
The court has ordered the two leaders to deposit surety bonds worth Rs 0.5 million each for bail.
According to BBC, The decision was given by a division bench of the court comprising Justice Qasim Ali Khan and Justice Asjad Javed. The court had reserved the judgement on the bail pleas of TLP leaders on May 10.
Lahore police had booked top brass of TLP including party’s chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and Afzal Qadri and lodged as many as 11 cases against them and 500 other unknown miscreants.
The two religious leaders were taken into ‘protective custody’ by police on Nov 23 last year, from Lahore as law enforcement agencies launched crackdown against workers of the group.
The government figures said, a total of 2,899 people were taken into protective custody from Punjab, 139 from Sindh and 126 from Islamabad during the crackdown.
Likewise, 34 first investigation reports (FIRs) were registered in Faisalabad, 12 in Kasur district, two in Islamabad on charges of treason, inflammatory speeches, violence and vandalism.
The law enforcement agencies launched crackdown two days before the TLP announced to resume its protest against the Supreme Court’s verdict acquitting Aasia Bibi, a blasphemy accused.
The workers of TLP and other religious parties took to the streets and blocked major roads and intersections through sit-ins against the apex court verdict in different parts of the country.
Then Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said treason and terror-related case was lodged against Khadim Hussain Rizvi at Civil Line Police Station in Lahore.
A TLP leader Peer Ijaz SHah has confirmed in a video message that the bail of party leaders have been approved. – NNI