PTI leader Shahbaz Gill secures bail in sedition case
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Chief of Staff Shahbaz Gul left the district court after the hearing in Islamabad on August 22, 2022.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minullah directed the authorities to release Gul on bail.
Order Gill to deposit Rs.500,000 as security against bail.
“No one should be deprived of bail unless there is substantial evidence against them,” says.
Senior PTI leader Shahbaz Gul was finally granted bail by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) after repeatedly trying to get him released on bail in the sedition case registered against him.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s Chief of Staff Gill has been in custody since last month when he was arrested A case of treason was registered against him for inciting a mutiny in the Pakistan Army through his remarks during a program on a private TV channel.
A case has been registered against Gul under sections 124-A (treason), 505 (statements inciting public disorder) and the Pakistan Penal Code.
Read more: IHC issued notice to Shahbaz Gul on plea against dismissal of physical remand.
After this, Gill approached the IHC last Friday. failure Obtaining bail from the trial court despite persistent efforts.
The politician named SHO of Kohsar police station, City Magistrate Ghulam Murtaza and others as parties in the petition and said that he was arrested by Kohsar police on August 9.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minullah, after hearing the arguments of all the parties, directed the authorities to release Gul on bail. The court directed Gill to deposit Rs 500,000 as surety against his bail.
“No one should miss out on this. [right to be released] He remained on bail until there was no concrete evidence against him. If the same person later turns out to be innocent, there will be no remedy,” the court remarked, adding that an investigation must be conducted but only if strong evidence is brought to light.
Earlier in the hearing, IHC Chief Justice Minullah remarked that Pakistan’s armed forces were “not weak enough to be swayed by anyone’s irresponsible remarks”.
However, he clarified that “Gill’s irresponsible, inappropriate and derogatory remarks cannot be justified under any circumstances.”
Meanwhile, Gul’s lawyer Barrister Salman Safdar reiterated that the case against Gul was based on bad faith and political vendetta.
He claimed that Gul in his comment did not address the armed forces but was aimed at the Muslim League (N).
Allegations of torture, sexual assault
The PTI party was insisting on seeking bail for the leader, alleging that he was subjected to humiliation, torture and sexual assault in police custody.
A number of actions have been taken to seek and challenge Gill’s physical remand for questioning, with the defense arguing that the politician was not physically or mentally fit to undergo physical remand.
Read more: The decision to reject the extension of Shahbaz Gul’s remand was challenged in the Islamabad High Court.
Meanwhile, UK-based international non-governmental human rights organization Amnesty International also expressed concern over the alleged torture of Gill during detention.
In a tweet, Amnesty International called for an immediate and impartial investigation into the allegations of torture.
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