Nine years were painful, went to court a hundred times, got justice today.
A local court in Pakistan's federal capital's twin city of Rawalpindi has acquitted popular TV actress Atiqa Odho of a liquor case nine years later. Judge Yasir Chaudhry of the local court in Rawalpindi said that no evidence was found against the accused in this case regarding the export of liquor . Therefore he was acquitted due to lack of evidence. Humaira Kanwal after the verdict, Atiqa Odho said that nine years were painful but today I am happy that justice was done. Everyone knows that the case against me nine years ago was politically motivated. I was sure that one day this court would give me justice and today the court of Pakistan has given me justice and I thank it. Atiqa Odho has appeared in court several times in this case. According to the court records she appeared in the court continuously for six months after. Which the court granted her permanent exemption from attendance as the accused was of the view that she should be excused from every appearance. You have to come to Rawalpindi from Karachi.
A local court in Pakistan’s federal capital’s twin city of Rawalpindi has acquitted popular TV actress Atiqa Odho of a liquor case nine years later.
I have had to appear in court about 100 times in these nine years.She added. The case has been processed more than 190 times. During this period, 12 judges were replaced. Then a few years ago I got the relief that I was told that you don't have to appear in court every time. But when I was called, I used to come to Rawalpindi Court from Karachi because I respect the law. Atiqa said she applied for acquittal three times in nine years, but was denied twice. Atiqa also said that the case affected her career and she went through a lot of emotional and mental hardships and problems during this period. Atiqa says the case is a hope for people, especially young girls, who should not be afraid. At the end of her talk, Atiqa said that if you are innocent, you should stand your ground and not be afraid of anyone. I don't think there will be any more injustice with anyone and there is a lesson for the judiciary to learn in this case,she said.