IHC reserves judgment in release on bail for Eid

Kazmi’s plea against 12-year conviction

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Although the parties will continue to argue in the main plea filed by former Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi against his conviction by a special judge central, the Islamabad High Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment in a separate bail application by Kazmi for release before Eid. IHC Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi reserved the verdict after the counsel for Kazmi, Sardar Latif Khosa and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) concluded arguments over bail application. Meanwhile, both the parties continued to argue over Kazmi’s main petition challenging jail sentence on two counts in the Hajj corruption case. He has prayed the court to set aside the sentence.
On June 3, Judge Malik Nazir Ahmad of the special court central had awarded six-year imprisonment each on two counts to Kazmi. The then DG Hajj, Rao Shakeel and a former joint Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs, Raja Aftabul Islam were also awarded jail term of 12 and 40 years respectively besides fine of approximately Rs147. 4 million each.

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