The Sindh High Court has acquitted journalist Nasrullah Chaudhry in a case pertaining to possession of banned literature and spreading hatred against the state, ordering his release from jail.
An anti-terrorism court had sentenced Chaudhry to five years in jail in December under Section 11-W(i) (printing, publishing or disseminating any material to incite hatred or giving projection to any person convicted for a terrorist act or any proscribed organisation or an organisation placed under observation or anyone concerned in terrorism) of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
The lawyer argued that the journalist was taken into custody three days before his arrest was actually declared. He also said the FIR was illegal.
According to his appeal, CTD kept him in illegal custody and then registered a false case against him to threaten journalists. Chaudhry’s lawyer also argued that the prosecution was unable to prove its case.
They never presented any evidence of his possessing banned literature during the hearing, he said.