Lahore, Feb 9 (IANS) The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province has moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the pre-arrest bail granted to Advocate Hassaan Niazi, the nephew of Prime Minister Imran Khan, and seven other lawyers in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) attack case.
“The learned trial court has granted bail to the accused persons in a hasty manner without applying its judicial mind,” Dawn news quoted the provincial government’s appeal filed through prosecutor general of Punjab as saying on Saturday.
The appeal argued that the accused were involved in attacking the PIC, torched a police van and also attacked policemen.
It said that during the incident on December 11, 2019 death of some of the patients at the hospital occurred because of removal of their oxygen masks by the accused persons.
The appeal further said the accused were involved in causing grievous damage to the hospital’s property as well as expensive medical equipment.
Two FIRs were lodged against more than 250 lawyers after they stormed the PIC, damaged public property and manhandled government employees.
The police made several attempts to arrest Advocate Niazi after a video showing him actively participating in the attack went viral on mainstream and social media.
However, the police remained unsuccessful in arresting him as he went into hiding.