Railway Minister Saad Rafique turns out to be proclaimed offender

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The matter was revealed after an appeal was filed by the Punjab government to dispose of cases. 

Federal Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has turned out to be a proclaimed offender in two cases.

The matter was revealed after an appeal was filed by the Punjab government in Lahore High Court to dispose of the cases.

According to the details, 11 cases were registered against Khawaja Saad Rafique in May 2004 at Lohari Gate police station under terrorism, disturbing the peace and other acts. 32 accused were named while 70 were unknown.

The minister along with others was accused of holding a rally for an expected appearance of Shahbaz Sharif in 2004. The case is sub-judice in anti-terrorism court (ATC).

Nine accused were acquitted due to the lack of witnesses on October 14, 2006. However, the court verdict stated that the witnesses identified Khawaja Saad Rafique.

The government filed an application in ATC to dispose cases against Saad which was not accepted.

The ATC order stated that the government hadn’t filed application according to the standard of procedure.

Challenging the order of ATC, the Punjab government filed an appeal in Lahore High Court in September 2013. The appeal stated that the order was against the facts, saying that the accused have been acquitted, therefore, the case should also be disposed of.

2014-04-25

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