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October 31, 2014
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Gullu Butt sentenced to 11 years in jail

October 31, 2014

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LAHORE: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Judge Rai Ayub Marth on Thursday awarded 11 years and three-month sentence to Shahid Nazeer alias Gullu Butt on charges of vandalising vehicles and property during violence in Model Town on June 17. The court also imposed a fine of Rs111,000. Gullu Butt will face further jail term in case of default in payment of the fine.
After the conviction, Gullu Butt was immediately arrested and shifted to the Camp Jail. Interestingly, he chanted slogans ‘Go Nawaz Go’ when the police were escorting him to jail in a prison van.
It is pertinent to mention here that due to Gullu Butt, a term ‘Gullucracy’ has been added to the slang lexicon of the country and is being used as satire for the political culture of untamed vandalism under the banner of political parties.The court had indicted Gullu Butt on charges of vandalism and attacking police officials in the Model Town incident, which had claimed the lives of 14 people.
Previously, Muhammad Aijaz — the Investigation Officer — had told the court in his statement that Gullu Butt had fired gunshots and vandalised vehicles. He said when the police tried to stop him from smashing vehicles, he fired gunshots which caused panic among the protesters. However, he said nobody was injured due to the gunshots and the police had not received any complaint from the owners of smashed vehicles.
Other prosecution witnesses in their statements had declared Gullu Butt responsible for vandalism in Model Town.Police in its challan had stated that Gullu Butt was involved in vandalism and also fired gunshots on policemen. However, the police had failed to ascertain who had directed him for the June 17 incident at the Minhajul Quran Secretariat. Moreover, the challan said video footage showed that Gullu Butt had committed the crime and also helped in identifying the accused.
Gullu Butt, an alleged PML-N activist and a Punjab Police tout, was arrested after he was caught on cameras

damaging several vehicles during the clash between PAT workers and the police. He smashed windscreens and windows of private vehicles with his club while police officials looked on. Later, police officials had also hugged and congratulated Gullu Butt on his ‘performance’.
Earlier, Gullu Butt had secured bail from the Lahore High Court (LHC) on security bonds of Rs200,000.Later, on August 28, the police also lodged an FIR against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and 19 others in relation to the incident on the complaint of Minhajul Quran Secretariat. The complaint had also included Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act. However, the police did not proceed in this regard.

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