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Supreme Appellate Court of GB convicts Baba Jan in criminal cases

Gilgit: The Supreme Appellate Court of Gilgit-Baltistan has convicted Baba Jan, a social activist and president of the Awami Workers Party (AWP) GB, in criminal cases, barring him from contesting the by-elections in GBLA-6 Hunza.

PPP’s Zafar Iqbal had filed the petition against the decision of the election tribunal that allowed Mr. Jan to contest the polls.

The Supreme Appellate Court reportedly accepted the appeal filed against the AWP leader, nullifying the decision of the Chief Court that had acquitted Baba Jan by setting aside his conviction by the Anti Terrorism Court of Gilgit. In its verdict, the Supreme Appellate Court restored conviction of Mr. Jan by the Anti-Terrorism Court Gilgit.

The decision was taken by majority opinion, reports said. A panel of three judges was hearing the appeal; two of them supported the conviction while the third one was against it.

Mr. Jan had submitted his nomination papers to join the race for the by-poll in Hunza district. The seat was vacated after its occupier Mr. Ghazanfar Ali Khan decided to become the governor of Gilgit-Baltistan.

”The PMLN government, along with other mainstream political parties and the established succeeded in stopping Baba Jan from contesting the elections; however, they would not be able to stop the deep rooted ideology of AWP,” an activist of AWP said, requesting anonymity. “Now the people know exactly who is right and who is wrong and what the government, mainstream political parties and the intelligentsia want. People are wise. They will vote for AWP, no matter who contests the election.”

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