LAHORE - A division bench of Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed the bail application of a man accused of distributing provocative material against the armed forces.

Ghulam Mujtaba, the accused, filed the bail application, saying that the material carried his personal ideas and opinion but it did not constitute any provocation against the armed forces. The petitioner stated that he had his own thinking about the current situation and the constitution gave him freedom of expression.

A prosecutor, however, told the judge that Ghulam Mujtaba was arrested when he was distributing two objectionable books, Rah-e-Nijat and Raha-e-Halaqat, and other provocative publications against the armed forces. Such actions are unconstitutional and the accused did not deserve bail, he added.

Also, the court of Justice Mahmood Maqbool maintained the objection of LHC registrar office to a petition seeking permanent disqualification of PTI chief Imran Khan.  

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Inqilab had filed the petition submitting that a member of the parliament should be righteous person under the constitution. He said that Iman Khan did not meet the criteria of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution as his past was an open secret for all.   

The registrar office objected the petition that it was unmaintainable.  Justice Bajwa took up the petition as objection case and upheld the decision of the registrar office.

In another case, the LHC adjourned hearing on petition against Christian Divorce Act 1869.  Separately, a bench asked the lawyers to argue 0by Feb 23, in bail application filed by the accused of killing Faisalabad PTI worker Haq Nawaz.

The accused, Usman and Pervez Akhtar, submitted to the court that they did noting police ‘implicated’ them relying on pictures.  Earlier, the LHC disposed of a petition filed by Atta Muhammad, brother of slain worker, challenging JIT report in the murder of Haq Nawaz holding that the petitioner should approach the department concerned. On November 8, Haq Nawaz was killed in PTI’s gathering in Faisalabad.