ABBOTTABAD – Civil judge Najeebul Haq of Abbotabad Civil Court issued warrants for arrest of GEO News owner Mir Shakilur Rehman, anchor Shaista Lodhi, actress Veena Malik and her husband Asad Malik. over their repeated absence from hearings of a blasphemy case.
Civil judge, Najeebul Haq while hearing a petition filed by one Bilal Murtaza, expressed his displeasure over repeated absence of Jang/Geo group owner Mir Shakil ur Rehman, Mir Ibrahim, Shaista Lodhi, Veena Malik and Asad Khattak.
The court issued ‘permanent’ arrest warrants for the accused and ordered police to ensure their arrest and production in the court.
The court also summoned SHO of Mirpur police station, investigation officials and the petitioner on the next hearing to record their statements.
The hearing was adjourned till January 15.
Earlier, after receiving the jail term by Anti Terrorist Court (ATC) of Gilgit-Baltistan, a petitioner moved the Supreme Court of Pakistan to drag owner of Geo/Jang Group via International Police aka Interpol.
PakistanTribe‘s court correspondent reported that a petitioner filed a petition in the highest apex court to take action against Mir Shakeel ur Rehman.
One Mehmood Akhter Naqvi submitted a petition stating that ATC Gilgit-Balistan sentenced Mir Shakeel and others accused to 26 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1.3 million but he mustered help and absconded. It was therefore demanded to bring him and other absconders back to the country.
He further suggested canceling Mir Shakeel’s license for the newspaper and channel. Federation, Secretary Information, Prime Minister, Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, Shaista Lodhi, Veena Malik and other were declared parties to the case.
Shakeelur Rehman on Wednesday fled the country after the ATC of Gilgit-Baltistan sentenced him to 26 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1.3 million for broadcasting an alleged blasphemous programme.
According to sources, the Pakistan’s government agency helped Rehman flew to Dubai in the morning through Emirates Airline.
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