ISLAMABAD: A district and periods court docket within the federal capital on Wednesday reserved its verdict on the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Fawad Chaudhry on expenses of sedition for “inciting violence towards a constitutional establishment”.
The PTI chief was arrested within the wee hours of the day from his residence in Lahore. A magisterial court docket in Lahore Cantt later accepted Fawad’s transitory remand to the Islamabad police.
A primary data report (FIR) was registered on the Kohsar police station towards Fawad on the grievance of Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Umar Hameed, registered beneath sections 153-A (promotion of enmity between teams), 506 (prison intimidation), 505 (assertion conducing to public mischief) and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Police later introduced him earlier than judicial Justice of the Peace Naveed Khan on the district and periods court docket in Islamabad’s F-8 space on Wednesday night, the place they requested for an eight day bodily remand of the PTI chief.
In accordance with the textual content of the FIR, throughout a speech on Tuesday Fawad had mentioned that the standing of the ECP is identical as a “secretary”, including that the “chief election commissioner indicators paperwork like a clerk”.
Throughout the press speak, whereas strongly criticising the appointment of Mohsin Naqvi as Punjab’s caretaker chief minister the PTI chief had additionally mentioned that “those that are being appointed because the caretaker of [Punjab] authorities can be adopted till they’re punished”.
In accordance with Islamabad police, Fawad tried to ignite violence towards the state establishments and aroused the feelings of the individuals.
‘No foundation for any case towards me’
Throughout proceedings earlier than judicial Justice of the Peace Naveed Khan on the district and periods court docket in Islamabad’s F-8 space, Fawad mentioned that there was no foundation for any case towards him.
“1,500 policemen are standing outdoors [the court] and I used to be handcuffed regardless of being a lawyer within the Supreme Court docket,” he mentioned, including that he had been a federal minister up to now nicely.
“It’s unlucky that we’re taking revenge towards one another in politics,” he mentioned. Fawad requested to dismiss the case towards him, arguing that if the case continues, free speech would finish within the nation.
The lawyer for the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) and Fawad Chaudhry’s counsels each gave their arguments in the course of the proceedings.
The PTI chief was produced within the court docket in handcuffs, the elimination of which was requested by the lawyer.
The investigative officer requested an eight-day bodily remand for the PTI chief. Fawad’s attorneys argued towards the request for bodily remand.
“I by no means gave a speech however was addressing a media speak throughout which I used to be misquoted. I’m the spokesperson of the PTI and no matter I say is the get together’s coverage. It isn’t crucial that what I say is my very own private opinion,” he argued.
The PTI chief mentioned that he was not threatening the ECP members or their households, saying that he was merely “explaining” the matter.
Fawad mentioned that he was arrested by Lahore police, not the Islamabad police, who’ve his cell phone of their possession. He questioned why he was stored detained at a Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) facility as he was not a terrorist.
The ECP lawyer, throughout his arguments, mentioned that the fee was a constitutional establishment and had all the facility to conduct elections within the nation.
“The ECP is being focused beneath a well-thought-out plan and the aim of Fawad’s speech was to incite individuals,” he mentioned.
He criticised Fawad for concentrating on the households of the ECP members, saying that the PTI chief was selling hatred towards the establishment.
The lawyer mentioned that the individuals behind the speech additionally wanted to be recognized, including that there was adequate proof within the media towards the PTI chief.
The court docket later reserved the decision on the police’s request for the bodily remand.