LAHORE: A nearby court docket in Lahore apologised to the owner of a cigarette and paan store who needed to spend six years in prison to attraction his 5-day imprisonment, ordered through a special Justice of the Peace on the basis of the ‘Ehtaram-e-Ramazan Ordinance’.

“The court apologises for the put off in justice and the wrong judgment that caused imprisonment,” the extra judge Amir Habib wrote in his verdict to the paan dealer’s Jamshed Iqbal’s enchantment, calling it a stain at the judicial device.

Iqbal became given a 5-day imprisonment in 2013 by means of a magistrate for selling paan, an collection that consists of areca nut and tobacco wrapped in betel leaf, and other objects in the course of the time of the short in violation of the ordinance.


underneath the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance, 1981, it is unlawful for Muslims to devour or drink in public from to sunset in Ramazan.

at the same time as Iqbal challenged the decision straight away, the attraction method ended up taking six years in what was a mockery of now not simplest the justice gadget in addition to its potential to address grievances.

The sessions court not best launched the accused but also apologised to him for the wrongful imprisonment. The verdict additionally noted that the Justice of the Peace made the wrong decision via sending the seller to jail. Moreover, the 5-day sentence become opposite to the regulation, it stated.

The court docket gave guidelines to the Punjab leader secretary to appoint special magistrates who're ready and really appropriate.

Lamenting the behaviour of the special magistrate, the judge remarked that such choices had been no longer given in medieval times. “The Justice of the Peace wasted six years of an harmless person and those six years cannot accept lower back to him.”