Shahbaz Gill handed over to police on two-day physical remand

Duty magistrate bars media men from coverage of the proceedings

By: News Desk
Published: 09:11 AM, 10 Aug, 2022
Shahbaz Gill handed over to police on two-day physical remand
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A court in Islamabad on Wednesday handed over senior PTI leader Shahbaz Gill to police on two-day physical remand, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

While announcing the reserved verdict, the magistrate court asked the Islamabad Kohsar police to produce Gill again before the court on Friday.

According to the written order released by the court, the duty magistrate remarked as per the record provided, the physical remand of Shahbaz Gill was necessary keeping in view the allegations against him. The court also ordered a physical examination of Gill.

The magistrate further stated that a forensic test to match the recorded voice of Gill was also necessary. He ordered the police to inform the court after completing investigation in two days. 

Earlier, Duty Magistrate Umar Shabbir reserved his ruling on the police’s plea seeking physical remand of Shahbaz Gill which was opposed by the latter’s counsel.

Senior PTI leader Shahbaz Gill was produced before the district and sessions court of Islamabad on Wednesday morning. Duty Magistrate Umar Shabbir heard the petition filed by police seeking physical remand of the PTI leader who has been charged with sedition, inciting the public against state institutions and their heads, and spreading anarchy and hatred.

At the outset of the proceedings, Gill’s counsel opposed the police request seeking his client’s physical remand

However, the police told the magistrate court that they wanted to recover Gill’s mobile phone and the paper on which the hateful speech was written he was delivering during his TV interview with a channel. 

Police also told the court that they wanted to investigate at whose behest the TV interview was conducted. 

After hearing the arguments of both the lawyers, the magistrate court reserved the verdict and announced it later. 

Islamabad police on Tuesday arrested Shahbaz Gill from Banigala Chowk on charges of sedition and inciting public against state institutions and their heads. 

A first information report (FIR) was registered against the PTI leader on behalf of the state 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 attempt to seduce a soldier, sailor or airman from his duty), 153 (provoking to cause riot), 505 (statement conducing to public mischief) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Media barred

The police, meanwhile, stopped journalists from entering the courtroom for the coverage of court proceedings, saying they were not allowed to get inside.

On reporters’ inquiry, the police informed them that the duty magistrate ordered them not to allow media men inside the courtroom.

On the other hand, when the court reporters’ association belonging to different channels raised the matter of media ban before the judicial magistrate, he denied imposing any ban. 

Court reporters’ association president Saqib Bashir told the magistrate that the police were stopping media from entering the court saying ‘you have put a ban on their entry’. 

He then requested the magistrate to direct the police not to stop the media during next hearing. 

Another PTI meeting

PTI Chairman Imran Khan called another meeting today to formulate a strategy to deal with the situation arising out of the arrest of his chief of staff, Shahbaz Gill.

According to sources, major decisions like holding a raft of protests and rallies in Punjab are expected to be taken in the meeting.

Another case registered in Karachi

After Islamabad, another case has reportedly been registered in Karachi against Shahbaz Gill.

The second case against Shahbaz Gill was registered on late Tuesday night at the Malir Memon Goth Police Station. Provision of sedition, inciting the public against the state institutions, spreading anarchy and hatred are included in the case.

The first information report (FIR) has been registered against Shahbaz Gill at the Malir Memon Goth Police Station on behalf of the state.

Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani