LAHORE: A division bench of Lahore High Court while accepted appeal acquitted Syed Ghazi Shah after setting aside his conviction on the charge of collecting funds for a banned outfit – Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The trial court had awarded one-year rigorous imprisonment to Ghazi under section 11-F (6) of the ATA.
Bench held that although the appellant was booked with the allegation of collecting funds for his proscribed organization yet there was no evidence available on record to show that he was a member of the said organization or has any link with the same.
Bench observed that that there was nothing on record to show that the appellant has been collecting funds for the proscribed organization in the past and no evidence was produced to show how he was inciting the public while standing at the scene of the alleged occurrence.
Bench observed that the prosecution was silent about the modus operandi of fund raising for the proscribed organization as it is not out of place to mention that any person from whom the appellant demanded fund was not joined into the investigation.
The prosecution could not establish that how, when and from whom appellant obtained the alleged receipt book of proscribed organization or from where it was got printed, it adds.
Bench remarked, `Nutshell of the above discussion is that prosecution has been failed to prove its case against the appellant beyond shadow of doubt and in such a state of affairs there is no need to discuss defence version.’Syed Ghazi Shah was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Faisalabad under multiple sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.