LAHORE: Anti-terrorism court judge Haroon Latif on Thursday recorded statements of five prosecution witnesses in the Farzana case. The court after hearing the statements of five police officials summoned defense counsel to argue on the matter by July 11 (today).
Earlier, the court had dismissed a petition filed by defence challenging the jurisdiction of anti terrorism court in Farzana case. Farzana was stoned to death outside the premises of Lahore High Court on May 27. The Punjab chief minister, following directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, had ordered police to refer the case to ATC.
Farzana Iqbal was allegedly stoned to death by her father and two brothers outside the Lahore High Court on May 27 after she was about to appear before the LHC where she was likely to give her statement in favour of her husband Iqbal with whom she had eloped. Her family claimed that she had married Mazhar Abbas and contracted second marriage without getting divorce from her first husband (Mazhar), terming her second marriage illegal and un-Islamic.
Police has so far arrested five people in connection with Farzana Bibi case, including her two brothers Zahid Ali and Ghulam Ali, her father Azeem, her former husband Mazhar Abbas and her brother-in-law Jehan Khan. Previously, the court had indicted Farzana’s father Azeem, two brothers Ghulam Ali and Zahid Iqbal, former husband Mazhar Abbas and a cousin, Jahan Khan.