LHC issues notices to PM, others in Ajmal Kansi case

LHC issues notices to PM, others in Ajmal Kansi case

LAHORE: Justice Masud Abid Naqvi of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Thursday issued fresh notices to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and others on a petition praying registration of a case against them for allegedly illegally handing Aimal Kansi over to the US for cash in 1998.

The court issued notice for March 16 to the premier, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffery moved this petition on October 19, 2010 requesting the court to re-open the case.

Aimal Kansi, a native of Quetta, was given death sentence in the United States in 1998 on charges of murdering two employees of the Central Intelligence Agency outside the agency's headquarters in 1993.

The petitioner has submitted that Kansi was innocent, who had not murdered any CIA agent and was extradited to US on mere allegations where he was tried and executed.

He had alleged that the respondents were paid huge amounts of money for handing Kansi over to the US.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be ordered to pay £7,860,000 as during his government Kansi was handed over to US, and added that the money should be used to build a modern art museum, a hospital and a university in Quetta.

He requested the court that a case should be lodged against Nawaz Sharif and others for what he described as "illegal" extradition of Kansi, and proceed cases against them against in an anti-terrorism court.