92 Labbaik workers remanded into judicial custody


LAHORE: A local court on Tuesday remanded as many as 92 workers of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) into judicial custody for two weeks.

The workers had been arrested for trying to block an armoured vehicle carrying TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi following his appearance before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday.

Rizvi had been brought a day earlier to the ATC for the hearing of a case registered against him and five other party leaders — who were also produced before the court — for damaging public and private property during violent protests against the acquittal of blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi.

A case was registered against the 92 workers at the Race Course Police Station under Sections 290, 291, 147, 149, 186, 353 and 427 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), Section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) and Section 6 of the Punjab Sound Systems Regulation Act, 2015.

The case was heard at Cantt Kacheri on Tuesday as the ATC was shut due to a public holiday on account of Kashmir Solidarity Day.

In his written order, Judicial Magistrate Ahmed Nadeem Niazi said the investigation against the workers was still underway. They are to be presented in the ATC on February 19 under Section 173 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).