Anjum Aqeel freed on bail

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The Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday accepted bail pleas of PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan and 30 others, who were allegedly involved in unlawfully obtaining the release of Anjum Aqeel from police custody. ATC Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan heard the case and ordered the court to submit surety bonds worth Rs 1 million each. Defence counsel Shaukat Aziz Siddique, while arguing on bail pleas of the accused, said the police had not proven in the FIR that Anjum Aqeel Khan fled from their custody.
Siddique said it was written in the FIR that supporters of the MNA resorted to aerial firing, injured police men, forced Khan into a car and fled. He said he wanted to put the record right on this account, as nobody resorted to firing, nor did they injure policemen. The court also extended the pre-arrest bails of four persons in the same case, namely Naheem Azam Khan, Malik Muhammad Ashraf, Arshad Khan and Zaheer Abbas. According to judicial remand, Khan and others accused were produced before the court by police.
The judge ordered police to submit the chelaan of the case until August 17 and extended judicial remand of the accused. After court proceedings, Khan was taken to Islamabad to participate in the National Assembly session. Talking to the reporters, Khan said he was being targeted by some elements in a bid to damage the popularity of PML-N.