ATC Orders To Seize Properties of PTI Leaders
On Monday, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujranwala issued an order for the seizure of properties belonging to 51 leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), including individuals such as Hammad Azhar, Murad Saeed, Zartaj Gul, and others, in connection to the May 9 riots.
Acting under Section 88, the court initiated the process of property confiscation and also took steps to declare the accused as absconders. Notices announcing this legal action have been prominently displayed at their residences and other key locations associated with the accused.
In addition, the court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the accused, which include individuals like Farrukh Habib, Omar Ayub, Ali Amin Gandapur, Zubair Niazi, General (retd) Akram Sahi, Shaukat Bhatti, Mian Tariq, Rana Sajid Shaukat, and Lala Asadullah.
PTI candidates Ahmed Chatha, Bilal Ijaz, and Zafarullah Cheema are also included in the list.
Previously, on December 18, the government took the step of blocking the Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) of 18 PTI leaders, including former ministers Hammad Azhar and Murad Saeed. This list comprised individuals such as Ali Amin Gandapur, Muhammad Aslam Iqbal, Malik Karamat Khokhar, Wasiq Qayyum Abbasi, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, Zubair Khan Niazi, Malik Nadeem Abbas, and Ghulam Mohiuddin Dewan.
Authorities clarified that the CNICs were blocked at the police’s request and would remain so until the investigation concludes. They emphasized that PTI leaders must appear before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) to avoid being deprived of their legal rights.