Arrest warrants issued of accused in Lankan team attack


A Lahore High Court division bench on Wednesday issued the arrest warrants again of three accused involved in the attack on the Sri Lankan Cricket team, on petitions seeking cancellation of bail earlier granted to them by a trial court.
The bench directed the Model Town superintendent police (SP) to arrest the accused and produce before the court on the next hearing, February 1. The division bench, comprising Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, passed the order on the petitions filed by the Punjab government, seeking bail cancellation of Obaidullah, Qari Muhammad Ishfaq, Amanullah and Obaid-ur-Rehman alias Zubair.
In the last hearing, the bench issued bailable arrest warrants of Obaidullah, Qari Muhammad Ishfaq and Amanullah but the court was informed on Tuesday that the said accused could not be arrested. The bench again issued arrest warrants before adjourning the matter till February 1. Earlier, an anti-terrorism court had granted bail to the accused, nominated in an attack case on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009.
The Punjab Prosecution Department challenged the bail before the LHC, terming it an act of leniency towards the alleged terrorists who had damaged the image of the country by attacking the team of Sri Lanka. The government pleaded the court to cancel the bail of the accused.
LHC adjourns plea challenging Prof Kamran’s appointment as acting PU VC
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday adjourned the plea, challenging the appointment of Professor Mujahid Kamran as the acting Punjab University Vice Chancellor after expiry of his tenure as VC on January 2, till February 2. Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq was hearing the petition filed by Dr Mughees-ud-Din, a candidate for slot of VC, impleading the Higher Education Commission (HEC) secretary, principle secretary to the chief minister and others. The petitioner submitted in his petition that VC Mujahid Kamran’s contract had expired on January 2, 2012, contending that neither an extension could be granted to the VC nor could he be allowed to serve as a stopgap arrangement.
The acting VC’s counsel appeared before the court and filed para-wise comments, stating that the appointment was made as per the law by the Punjab government.