ISLAMABAD: PTI leader Shahbaz Gill, who had been arrested on charges of hate speech and hate speech against state institutions, was handed over by a court in Islamabad to police on Wednesday morning for two days of pre-trial detention.
He appeared in court today and Islamabad police have requested 14 days of pre-trial detention for him and recovered the mobile phone and devices he used to testify. Police said they would also need to investigate under whose direction the program was broadcast.
Gill’s attorney, Faisal Chaudhry, told the judge that the show was not directed by anyone.
After a short hearing, the court reserved the later announced verdict and gave Islamabad police two days of pre-trial detention of him against Shahbaz Gill.
The court ordered police to turn in the PTI leader on Friday and give him a medical examination.
PTI to approach high court
Speaking to outside media sources, Mr Chaudhry said the PTI will appeal to the Supreme Court and dismiss the case against Khan’s chief of staff.
Lawyers told journalists that Gil’s clothes had “bloodstains” on them and that he had been tortured “systematically”. Chaudhry said the PTI leader informed the court of the “dangers” he faced while in police custody.
“Shahbaz Gill fears that if detained he will not stand trial. The government has registered a case against him without evidence.”
Case against Shahbaz Gill
A case has been filed against the PTI leader at the Kohsar police headquarters on behalf of the state over his seditious comments on a TV show.
According to details, the FIR was registered at Magistrate Ghulam Murtaza Chandio`s complaint under sections 34 (common intention), 109 (abetment), 120 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment), 121 (waging war against state), 124-A (sedition), 131 (abetting mutiny, or try and seduce a soldier, sailor or airman from his duty), 153 (provoking to cause riot), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 505 (statement conducing to public mischief), and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan legal code .
Gill was taken into custody by Islamabad Police on Tuesday from Banigala chowk, triggering a robust reaction from the PTI leadership who termed the arrest as “abduction”.
Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, Interior Minister Ranaulah said that the comments were consistent with a script prepared under the supervision of PTI Chairperson Imran Khan which was carried forward by former information minister Fawad Chaudhry and Gill.
The conspiracy was aimed toward creating rifts between ranks of the state institution, the inside minister said, adding that Gill has been arrested on account of sedition charges consistent with the law.
It has become pretty obvious that IK wants to divide the nation by giving air to provocative statements, he had said.
Gill denies charges
Speaking to the media before appearing in court, Gill told journalists he was not ashamed of the testimony he gave on a private television network. My comment was from someone who loves the military,” said the prime minister’s former special adviser.
The PTI leader said he was not trying to incite anyone but was only pointing out bureaucrats involved in “wrongdoing”.
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