Police unable to arrest PTI MPA’s husband in Red Zone firing case

By: News Desk      Published: 12:22 PM, 15 Sep, 2020
Police unable to arrest PTI MPA’s husband in Red Zone firing case

Police are unable to arrest Chaudhry Khurram – husband of PTI MPA Abida Raja – in connection with a case pertaining the scuffle and firing at a petrol pump located on the Constitutional Avenue in Islamabad’s Red Zone, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Sources say the police haven’t yet conducted a single raid to apprehend the accused and are giving an opportunity to him so that he can manage bail-before-arrest.

However, they have arrested his driver Bilal who would be presented a local court on Tuesday.

Earlier, Additional Sessions Judge Jahangir Awan was suspended on Monday after the firing incident in the Red Zone as the Islamabad High Court (IHC) registrar issued a notification in this regard.

The incident had also echoed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) where Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that they had stated on several occasion that there was complete lawlessness in the federal capital.

The incident which happened on Sunday soon became most talked-about issue on social media as people shared the CCTV footage in which the entire episode could be seen as Khurram parked his SUV at a petrol pump and started thrashing Awan. The judge was still in his car at the time of physical attack.

Some reports suggest that the MPA was accompanying her husband at the time of this incident.

The incident was a result of overtaking on the road near the Parliament House which infuriated the PTI lawmaker’s husband who chased the judge after an altercation and later reached the petrol pump located opposite to the Foreign Office building.  

During the hearing of another attack, the IHC chief justice asked the deputy attorney general whether he had seen the incident. No matter what the reason was, a person opened fire while the other party was also influential, he remarked.

“Why all the influential people opt for compromise. I have never heard that compromises are made in this way in any civilised country. The state should have its writ. The state too should take responsibility of anything,” Chief Justice Minallah observed.

Although earlier some reports suggested that both parties had reached a compromise, Awan reached the area police station on Sunday night and submitted an application for registration of a case. He also sought inclusion of the Anti-Terrorism Act sections in FIR.

However, the police haven’t registered any case till the filing of this report as they are waiting for a compromise between the two parties.

However, Awan on Monday moved the court of district and sessions judge to get the case registered, as the police did not act his request.

In a reaction to the incident, lawyers went on strike in Islamabad on Monday and asked the PTI government to change its approach while demanding a strict action against Khurram.