Atiqa Odho acquitted in liquor recovery case

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RAWALPINDI:    Renowned actress Atiqa Odho has been acquitted in liquor recovery case after 9 years.

The liquor case came up for hearing in the civil court Islamabad Friday.

The court while pronouncing verdict after 9 years, 2 months and 14 days has acquitted Attiqa Odho with honor in 2 bottles liquor recovery case.

The court has said in its verdict there is no evidence against the actress, therefore, she is acquitted.

Civil Judge Yasir Chaudhy announced the judgment on merit.

Reacting to decision Attidqa Odho said justice has been administered to me though late.

It may be mentioned when Attiqa was flying from Benazir Bhutto airport Islamabad to Karachi , the customs authority recovered 2 bottles foreign liquor from her bag. On suo motu notice by the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry airport police had registered case against the actress on the report of customs officer .

210 hearings took place in this case and while 16 judges were changed during 9 years.

The supreme court had allowed trial court on September 17, 2017 to hear the case against the actress in connection with recovery of liquor from her.

A 3-member bench of supreme court presided over by Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan heard the case.

Ali Zafar counsel for Attiqua Odho argued the statements of all the witnesses named in the case have been recorded and the statement of only Attiqa Odho has not been recorded. We filed appeals in subordinate courts but our appeals were rejected without assigning any reason. .

The court inquired do you mean the subordinate courts issued only decision regarding rejection of appeals and they wrote nothing more in the verdicts.

The case ran for 9 years and on Friday the court while announcing verdict acquitted Attiqa Odho in the case.