Balochistan opposition leader arrested from SC
02 November, 2012
ISLAMABAD: On the direction of the Supreme Court, the capital police on Thursday arrested opposition leader in the Balochistan Assembly Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind from the court premises.
It is to be noted that the Quetta Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) had awarded life imprisonment to MPA and former federal minister Rind, his son Sardar Khan Rind and four other people for allegedly kidnapping a man and failing to appear before the court, on June 28, 2011.
Rind had appealed against the verdict in the Balochistan High Court that dismissed his plea. He then challenged the high court order in the Supreme Court. On Thursday, he along with his counsel appeared in the apex court for hearing of his case, which was rejected.
During the hearing, Akram Sheikh, counsel for Rind appearing before a two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, argued that the case against his client was wrong as he was sentenced in absentia.
He prayed that the lawmaker should be kept in Sindh or Balochistan House. However, the chief justice ordered to put him in Islamabad Secretariat Police Station. He said they could not discriminate, as law is equal for everyone. The court, however, fixed Monday to hear his appeal.