Lahore ATC sentences two to eight years in prison


An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday sentenced two people to eight years in prison for lying to authorities about a terrorist attack on the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore in 2014.

The decision was announced by ATC Judge Zafar Iqbal Hussain.

In 2014, the accused persons Sonia and Kashif had made false statements about terrorists coming from Saudi Arabia and launching an attack on the airport. When the administration tried to track down the purported threat, it surfaced that the matter was something entirely different.

The ATC also ordered the two to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 each.

In the wake of the Dec 16 Taliban attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School, the government has strengthened its anti-terror strategy.

The attack resulted in the formulation of a National Action Plan to counter terrorism which also saw a parliamentary consensus on the constitution of military courts in the country, rolling of the moratorium on capital punishment as well as renewed resolve to counter religious extremism by cracking down on terror financing and regulating madrassas.