LAHORE : Lahore High Court on Monday held non-maintainable a writ petition against Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan filed by two businessmen, who sought action against Indian authorities under Prevention of Cyber Crimes law for dubiously declared them as terrorists last week.
Disposing of plea for urgent hearing, LHC Justice Umer Ata Bandial directed petitioners to file amended petition, excluding Indian High Commissioner from memo of respondents. Businessmen Mehtab Ahmed Butt and Atif Ali along with a private security guard Babar Sher were shown on Indian media, claiming they were terrorists belonging to Jamat-ud-Dawa, who had entered Bombay to carry out terrorist attacks.
They approached LHC submitting some Indian media organizations aired false news that they had entered India to carry out terrorist activists in Bombay without authenticity. They submitted they were not terrorists, but earning livelihood honorably to support their families.
Their counsel Rana Muhammad Arshad Khan said Indian media s reports were totally false and tarnished honor of his clients, who apprehended action from law enforcing agencies in the country. He contended Indian media reports aired or published were false and illegally got access to their photos.
Counsel argued it was crime under provisions of Sections 7, 8 & 17 of Prevention of Cyber Crimes Ordinance 2009. He prayed direction be passed to respondents to hold inquiry and take strict action against those responsible for dubiously declaring petitioners as members of terrorists group.
Justice Umer Ata Bandial said petition filed against Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan was not maintainable. Disposing of miscellaneous application for urgent hearing, he directed petitioners to file amended memo of petition excluding Indian High Commissioner from list of respondents.