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PIC attack case: PM’s nephew Hassan Niazi granted interim bail

PIC attack case: PM’s nephew Hassan Niazi granted interim bail
December 20, 2019
LAHORE (92 News) – An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore granted interim bail to Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan’s nephew Barrister Hassan Niazi in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) attack case. Hassan Niazi along with his lawyer appeared before the ATC where he was granted pre-arrest bail on the provision of two sureties of Rs0.1 million each. He had been absconding since the PIC attack and the police had conducted several raids to arrest him. Hassaan denied having anything to do with the attack in court. He said he wants to be included in the investigation to prove his innocence but the police are looking to arrest him. He claimed the allegations against him were false. The court summoned records in the case by December 24. A group of more than 200 lawyers, who had an ongoing ‘tussle’ with the doctors of the PIC, had stormed the hospital last week, vandalised property and damaged dozens of vehicles. They also set ablaze a police van during their assault. At least 52 lawyers were arrested after the attack and presented before the court. Two FIRs were registered against over 250 lawyers who attacked Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) in Lahore. Barrister Hassan Khan Niazi was also involved in the attack, arson and sabotage in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology. The videos about Hassan Khan Niazi leading the mob damaging and setting the police van on fire also went viral. He is also seen instigating his colleagues. Hassan Khan Niazi was severely criticized on Twitter after the videos about his involvement in PIC attack surfaced. However, Hassan Khan Niazi had dissociated himself from the incident, saying he only supports the objectives of his colleagues. “I participated in the demonstration, but I do not support violence,” he said. Barrister Hassan Khan Niazi has mentioned himself as the torch-bearer of human rights on his Twitter account. On Wednesday, at least three patients lost their life during the attack at Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) by lawyers who stormed and ransacked it in protest against doctors. The administration hid to save their lives when the PIC was attacked by the rioters; however, the process of treatment for patients stopped for a while and three patients died during this horrible scene.