QUETTA: An anti-terrorism court ordered on Friday that a case registered against Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, president of the Balochistan chapter of Jamhoori Watan Party, after his recent arrest be transferred to a sessions court.
“The case against Shahzain Bugti for allegedly carrying illegal arms and ammunition does not come under terrorism or jurisdiction of the ATC and, therefore, it is transferred to the sessions court,” Judge Ismail Baloch said in an order issued during the hearing of a bail application filed by Shahzain Bugti and his 26 security guards.
On Thursday, the judge had reserved the judgment on the bail plea after hearing their lawyers.
Paramilitary troops had arrested Shahzain Bugti and the 26 security guards on Dec 22 after allegedly finding a huge quantity of illegal arms and ammunition in vehicles of his convoy coming from the border town of Chaman.
Talking to reporters after the hearing, Mr Bugti’s lawyer Wishisher Nath Kohli said the transfer of the case to a sessions court was a victory of justice. He said that Shahzain Bugti had expressed his confidence in the anti-terrorism court.
Advocate Kohli said that after receiving the detailed judgment he would file a bail application in the sessions court. He said the family of Nawab Akbar Bugti had the history of sacrifices for democracy and the JWP would continue its struggle for people’s rights.