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Lahore court approves transitory remand of PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry gestures after he was produced before a court in Lahore today. — PTI Twitter

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Lahore court approves transitory remand of PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry

A court in Lahore on Wednesday approved PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry’s transitory remand after he was presented before a magistrate by the Islamabad Police. 

The PTI leader was presented before the court of judicial magistrate Rana Mudassir in Lahore’s Cantt.

Fawad Chauhdry was apprehended from his residence Wednesday morning, after he publicly censured the government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for scheming to arrest party chairman, Imran Khan.

At the outset of the hearing, the prosecution told the judge that Islamabad Police had registered a case against Fawad. The prosecution also urged the court to approve a transitory remand of the PTI leader.

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At this, Fawad’s lawyer argued that the distance between Islamabad and Lahore was of just four hours and there was no need for the transitory remand.

“They [police] should just present him [before a court] in Islamabad,” said Fawad’s lawyer. The counsel claimed that the police wanted to get the transitory remand so they could take his client somewhere else.

The counsel also urged the judge to order the police to uncuff his client’s hands. Instead of both hands only one should be handcuffed, he added.

At this, the judge remarked that the lawyer was wasting the court’s time over frivolous arguments.

Fawad’s lawyer also told the magistrate that a habeas corpus plea was pending before a high court and till that is decided his client’s transitory remand should not be approved.

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The magistrate then adjourned the hearing for a few minutes.

Once the hearing resumed, the court approved the transitory remand of the PTI leader to transfer the Fawad to Islamabad and present him in a court of the federal capital. 

However, the police has been asked to conduct a medical of the PTI leader at Services Hospital before he is taken to Islamabad.  

Proud of the case: Fawad

Speaking to the media at the court, Fawad said that he is “proud” of the case that has been registered against him.

“Nelson Mandela also faced a similar case. It is being said that I committed treason,” he said.

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The PTI leader said that he is a former federal minister and a Supreme Court lawyer therefore he should be treated respectfully.

“The way I was arrested was not appropriate,” he said, adding that he would have appeared before the police had they called him.

He went on to say that the entire country is saying what he said about the ECP.

LHC approached over Fawad’s ‘recovery’ 

Meanwhile, Fawad’s cousin, Nabeel Shehzad, has filed a petition in the Lahore High Court for the “recovery” of the former federal minister.   

The petitioner has filed a habeas corpus plea and urged the court to “recover” the PTI leader. It also appealed the court to stop any illegal action against the PTI leader.

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The petitioner has also urged the court to hold a hearing of the case today.  

The FIR

Confirming the arrest, Islamabad Police said that a case against Chaudhry was registered last night at the Kohsar Police Station in the federal capital on the complaint of ECP Secretary Omer Hamid Khan. 

The first information report (FIR) was lodged against him for using threatening language against the ECP and its members.

The PTI leader has been booked under sections 153-A (promotion of enmity between groups), 506 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statement conducing to public mischief) and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Sections 124-A and 153-A are non-bailable charges while an accused can get bail if charged under sections 505 and 506 of the PPC.

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In his speech outside Imran Khan’s residence in Lahore, Fawad warned the ECP, its members and their families, according to the FIR.

The FIR states that Chaudhary said that the status of the election commission was reduced to that of a “Munshi

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Court sends Sheikh Rashid on 14-day judicial remand

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A local court in Islamabad on Saturday sent Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to Adiala Jail on judicial remand for 14 days in a case related to leveling allegations against former president Asif Ali Zardari.

The AML supremo was produced before the court of Judicial Magistrate Umar Shabbir amid strict security by the capital police where the police requested the court for another five-day physical remand of the AML chief along with a photogrammetric test.

During the hearing, the investigation officer informed the court about photogrammetry and voice-matching tests.

Meanwhile, the former interior minister said “It would be better I be sentenced to death the way police have kept me.They blindfolded and tied me to a chair for hours.”

Shiekh Rashid asked to the court to order the authorities to take him to a hospital to bandage his injuries and grant him Rangers’ security. At this, the court ordered to uncuff Rashid.

While the AML chief’s lawyer contended that the sections imposed in the case against Mr Rashid weren’t valid.

Later, the local court reserved its verdict on the police’s plea for an extension in Rashid’s physical remand. It also gave the transcript of Rashid’s interview to his lawyer.

The AML chief was arrested by the Islamabad police in the early hours of Thursday from his home in a private housing society in the capital city. A case was registered against Sheikh Rashid on a complaint lodged by the vice president of PPP’s Rawalpindi chapter at the Aabpara police station. In a talk show, the complainant said, the AML chief accused the PPP co-chairman of having hatched a plan to use terrorists to assassinate PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

Earlier, the PTI chief had alleged that Mr Zardari had hatched a plot to have him killed, adding that a militant group had been hired for this purpose.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has been booked, according to the FIR, under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups, etc), and 505 (statements related to public mischief) of the Pakistan Penal Code. His arrest comes after he defied a police notice to appear before the investigation team in the case by 4pm on Wednesday last. However, the AML chief has challenged the notice in the Islamabad High Court.

More Cases Registered Against Sheikh Rashid

Following his arrest, two more cases were registered against the senior politician in Karachi and Islamabad. A case was registered against incarcerated Mr Ahmed in Karachi for using immoral language towards Foreign Minister and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. The case has been registered at the Mochko police station under sections 506, 504, 500 and 153 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on a complaint filed by a PPP worker, Khuda Bux. The complainant alleged that the former interior minister while talking to media outside the Poly Clinic Hospital, Islamabad, used abusive language against Bilawal Bhutto.

Mr Bux said the former interior minister attempted to create chaos and anarchy by using objectional language against the PPP chairman. He demanded the police to take an action against Mr Ahmed as per the law.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered against Sheikh Rashid at the Murree police station under sections 353, 186, 506/2 for interference in official affairs when security officials reached his residence earlier this week to arrest him.
 

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Imran Khan announces ‘Jail Bharo Movement’

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan has announced the “Jail Bharo Movement.”

Addressing the nation on Saturday, he said that the members of the PTI and its supporters were being targeted in revenge activities. “We are not afraid of arrests,” he said.

Imran Khan, while hitting out at the government over the economic crisis, said that those who came to power through conspiracy have ruined the country. “The imported government has no roadmap for the country’s progress,” he added.

The PTI chairman said that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar first threatened the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and now he has bowed down before the international lender.

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Qureshi asks PM to make up his mind about invitation

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi says his party is ready for reconciliation as well as confrontation and now the government should tell what it wants. 

Addressing a press conference, the former foreign minister said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had summoned the All Parties Conference (APC) and also invited the PTI to attend it but, on the other hand, cases were being filed against the PTI leaders and political opponents were being put behind the bars.

The PTI leader said the premier should first make up his mind whether he wanted to invite the PTI or take political revenge as both things could not go hand in hand.

The former minister said the country was fighting terrorism for the last 20 years and Nawaz Sharif was the one who first started talks with the banned TTP in 2013 and an operation was launched when the talks failed. During PTI’s tenure, there was a substantial reduction in the incidents of terrorism as “we tried to stop the bloodshed”, he added.

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Mr Qureshi said the PTI government was sent packing through a conspiracy and an ‘imported’ government was imposed on the country.

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