LAHORE: The office of the prosecutor general of Punjab has returned the challan (investigation report) of the Jinnah House attack case to the investigating officer (IO) to remove shortcomings and to collect evidence under new offences of mutiny and others recently added in the FIR.

Inspector Muhammad Sarwar, the investigating officer of the case, had handed over the challan to the prosecution for its scrutiny before submitting to the trial court.

The prosecution raised multiple objections to the challan and directed the IO to remove the same within three days.

The IO has been asked to make video evidence part of the challan and define the role of the suspects under recently added offences of under sections 121 (waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against Pakistan), 131 (abetting mutiny, or attempting to seduce a soldier, sailor or airman from his duty) and 146 (rioting) in the FIR.

Offences under sections 120, 120-A, 120-B, 121-A, 505, 153, 153-A, 153-B and 107 of PPC had also been added in the FIR.

Sarwar Road police had registered FIR No 96/2023 about the attack on the Jinnah House, which also serves as the residence of Lahore’s corps commander, following the property`s vandalisation during the May 9 riots by the PTI leaders and workers.

PTI chairman Imran Khan and several senior leaders of the party have been nominated and arrested in the FIR.

Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2023

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