Islamabad court overturns orders declaring Gandapur proclaimed offender

KP CM Ali Amin Gandapur was charged with possession of illegal arms and liquor in 2016

By
Arfa Feroz Zake
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur. —Radio Pakistan/File
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur. —Radio Pakistan/File

  • District court overturns trial court's order over review plea.
  • Court orders KP CM to submit surety bonds worth Rs50,000. 
  • Court remands case back to trial court. 


ISLAMABAD: A local court in Islamabad on Thursday overturned the orders declaring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur "proclaimed offender" in a case of possession of illegal arms and liquor.

A trial court had declared Gandapur an absconder for evading the law in the case registered against him in Barakahu Police Station after the recovery of five Kalashnikov rifles, a pistol, six magazines, a bullet-proof vest, three teargas shells, and bottles of alcohol in 2016.

District and Sessions Court Judge Shahrukh Arjumand nullified the trial court's order over a review petition filed by Gandapur.

The petitioner's lawyer informed the court that Gandapur couldn't appear in court due to his official engagements as the new KP CM. He requested the court to exempt Gandapur from the proceedings for today.

The lawyer stated that the trial court had declared Gandapur a proclaimed absconder for continuously skipping the proceedings in the case. He said that Gandapur hadn't received the court's summons due to non-compliance by the process server, designated for delivering the legal documents.

Accepting the request, the sessions judge directed the lawyer to submit surety bonds worth Rs50,000 on Gandapur's behalf and present a local person as the guarantor.

The court then remanded the case back to the trial court while overturning its orders declaring Gandapur an absconder and adjourned the hearing till March 14.

Gandapur, who then-served as a provincial minister in KP, was charged under the illegal arms and anti-drugs laws after illicit arms and a bottle of liquor were recovered from his car in October 2016.