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ATC extends physical remand of DHA accident accused

By APP
November 29, 2023

LAHORE:An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday granted a four-day extension to the physical remand of Afnan, an underage driver involved in a car accident that resulted in the tragic death of six family members in Defence.

ATC Judge Abher Gul Khan conducted the proceedings, during which the police presented Afnan on expiry of his physical remand. The investigation officer informed the court that a test had been conducted to ascertain Afnan’s age, but the report was awaited, requesting for a 14-day extension of the physical remand. 

Teenager, involved in the tragic deaths by accident of six members in the DHA Lahore, speaks in this still taken from a video released on November 13, 2023. — Facebook/Pakistan Express
Teenager, involved in the tragic deaths by accident of six members in the DHA Lahore, speaks in this still taken from a video released on November 13, 2023. — Facebook/Pakistan Express

In response to a court query about the necessity of the extension, the officer emphasised Afnan’s inconsistent statements, advocating for a polygraphic test to uncover possible lies.

Despite objections from the accused’s counsel, who contested the addition of Anti-Terrorism Act sections and the extension of physical remand, the court pointed out that challenging these decisions in the high court was essential if deemed incorrect. Stressing the need for a comprehensive investigation, the court approved a four-day extension of the accused’s physical remand, with a directive to produce him on December 2. Defence C police had registered a case against Afnan which revolves around charges of recklessly crashing his high-speed car into another vehicle, resulting in the tragic loss of six lives in DHA Phase 7.