72-year-old judge gets two and half year extension in service


By Staff Reporter

KARACHI : A 72 year old ATC judge has got extension in her service with effect from July 04, 2016. According to a summary moved by Home Department to Chief Minister of Sindh, the Chief Justice High Court of Sindh has been pleased to extend period of Mrs. Khalida Yasin Rtd. District & Sessions Judge to continue work as Judge for Anti Terrorism Court No. II, Karachi for another term of two and a half year. The summary further said, in order to comply the orders of Honourable Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, Chief Minister may like to appoint Mrs. Khalida Yasin Rtd. District & Session Judge to continue work as Judge for ATC No. II Karachi for her appointment afresh to the said post after expiry of her tenure i.e. on 04-07-2016, as required under Section 14 of Anti-Terrorism act 1997. It may be mentioned here that Mrs. Khalida Yasin had rejected the bail application moved by the lawyers of Dr Asim Hussain a few days back. In this case the court exercised its powers at a stage when the bail pleas of other co-accused in the case were also pending with it. The co-accused including Waseem Akhtar, Rauf Siddiqui, Anees Qaimkhani and Qadir Patel, who are on interim bail were present in the court. The court adjourned the hearing till July 19 when it will announce its ruling on the bail pleas of the other co-accused. Dr Hussain, who appeared dejected, told reporters outside the courtroom that he was shocked to hear that an order had been passed on his bail application only while the court had not announced its ruling on those of the other accused. He said he was being treated unfairly. He added that cases were being made on the basis of a joint investigation team report. He advised his lawyers to collect the copy of the order without further delay so the matter could be contested in the Sindh High Court. The ATC-II had reserved its ruling on the bail plea of Dr Asim Hussain on June 4. Meanwhile, talking to National Courier Anwar Mansoor Khan Advocate the lawyer of Dr Asim Hussain said the reasons cited by the judge are contrary to the facts/record of the case. He further said the comments on my client’s health were uncalled for, ignoring the report of the medical board. The Advocate Anwar Mansoor Khan said that order of the trial court will be appealed.