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Islamabad court: Resumes Hearing of Shahbaz Gill’s Bail Plea


Police officers escort the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Doctor Shahbaz Gill after a hearing at district court, in Federal Capital. — file

ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court in Islamabad resumed on Monday (right this moment) hearing of a petition seeking interim bail of PTI’s incarcerated leader Shahbaz Gill in a sedition case filed against him.

On August 9, Gill was arrested from Banigala Chowk within the capital a day after making controversial remarks on a private TV channel. He was subsequently booked on charges of sedition and inciting members of state establishments against the Pakistan Army.

Further District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal is hearing the sedition case. Shahbaz Gill’s legal professionals are giving their arguments in the courtroom.

Court gave police last chance to submit data

In the final hearing, the Islamabad court gave the capital’s police the last chance to submit data pertaining to the sedition case against the PTI leader by Monday with his legal professionals terming the delay “unfortunate”.

The police, during that day’s hearing, advised the court that the investigation officer — who’s in Karachi and has the data — couldn’t be reached and his telephone has also been switched off.

Special prosecutor Rizwan Abbas advised the court that he wished to see the data first earlier than he may current his arguments.

At this, Gill’s lawyers stated that it was “extremely unfortunate” that the police were delaying the matter.

In response, Additional District and Sessions Judge Tahir Mahmood Supra stated that he was giving one “last chance” to the police to present the data by Monday.

The hearing of the case was then adjourned until Monday (today).

Multiple charges

Gill is facing serious charges after he allegedly incited mutiny inside the army whereas speaking on a private TV channel earlier this month.

He was already facing sedition charges, however the Islamabad police had additionally registered a case in opposition to the PTI leader over possession of an illegal weapon.

He was booked within the case after police raided the incarcerated PTI leader’s room in Parliament Lodges last week — where they recovered weapons, a satellite telephone, and overseas currency.

The PTI, since Gill’s arrest, has been repeatedly alleging that he has been tortured, humiliated, and sexually assaulted in police custody, nevertheless, the police and authorities deny all claims.

In the course of the raid at his Parliament Lodge’s residence additionally, Gill advised journalists that he had been “sexually assaulted”.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has demanded a right away, impartial, and clear investigation into the alleged torture of Gill in police custody.

At the moment, the PTI chief is on judicial remand within the two cases which will end on September 7.


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