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LHC adjourns hearing of Umar Cheema torture case

LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Wednesday postponed for October 29 the suo motu proceedings on abduction and torture of The News senior journalist Umar Cheema.

On Wednesday, SP (Investigation) Islamabad Tahir Ayub appeared before the court and submitted a detailed report about the incident. He submitted that efforts were underway to arrest the culprits involved in crime but till today no accused had been arrested. He requested the court to grant some more time to arrest the culprits. The chief justice accepted his request.

The chief justice took suo motu on a news report, according to which unidentified persons accompanied by personnel of Elite Police abducted Umar Cheema from Sector I-8 Islamabad and kept him in detention for six hours. They subjected him to severe torture by hanging him nude upside down and also shaved his head and moustache.

The abductors freed him giving threats of dire consequences if he did not abandon writing stories against the government.
Source: The News