Punjab govt challenges Yasmin Rashid’s acquittal in Jinnah House attack case

Dr Yasmin Rashid’s plea for post-arrest bail rejected

LAHORE: In a significant development, the Punjab government has taken a proactive step by challenging the acquittal of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, in the Jinnah House attack case. The Lahore anti-terrorism court (ATC) had granted her acquittal, but the Punjab government has filed an appeal in the Lahore High Court (LHC) to review the decision.

Deputy Prosecutor General, Sultan Asghar, submitted the appeal petition on behalf of the Punjab government. The public prosecutor firmly stated that the trial court discharged Dr. Yasmin Rashid despite the presence of substantial evidence against her. It was emphasized that she had led the rally that attacked the historic Jinnah House.

The public prosecutor claimed that Dr Yasmin Rashid incited the people with various speeches and the trial court did not properly evaluate the facts.

He prayed the court to annul the decision to discharge Dr. Yasmin Rashid from the case. In a statement posted on Twitter, the Punjab police declared, “We are committed to ensuring that all conspirators, planners, and perpetrators of the May 9 incident, including Dr. Yasmin Rashid, will be brought to justice.”

The Punjab police maintained their right to continue investigating the case and to unveil the truth to the public adding to the finality of the court order will be subject to the decision of the high court.

The police urged caution and discouraged premature assumptions or interference at this stage, emphasizing that such actions are likely to be misleading.


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