Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019
Published in Category: Lahore

Khadim Rizvi, Afzal Qadri get bail in terrorism case

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday granted bail to Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan Chief Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi and former TLP patron-in-chief Pir Afzal Qadri in a case lodged against them for launching a violent protest against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi from blasphemy charge.

A two-member bench, headed by LHC’s Justice Qasim Ali Khan and comprising Justice Asjad Javed Goral, read the order of release. The verdict was secured on May 10 after completion of proceedings in the cases against both leaders and Qadri’s bail has been granted till July 15.

The two TLP leaders were undergoing trial in an anti-terrorism court and are accused of controversial language against state institutions.

The two firebrand religious leaders have been granted bail against surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.

Qadri, who had been booked under sedition and terrorism charges, had resigned from the TLP on May 1 citing health issues and, on the court’s earlier directions, issued a public apology for his remarks.