Islamabad court sends Shahbaz Gill on judicial remand

ISLAMABAD: Rejecting Islamabad police’s plea for an extension in the physical remand of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill, who is party chair Imran Khan’s chief of staff, a district and sessions court Wednesday sent him to prison on judicial remand.

Judicial magistrate Aman Malik heard the plea seeking a seven-day remand extension in a sedition case. Apart from that, the police also asked the court to grant judicial remand of the PTI leader in an arms recovery case.

Gill was arrested on August 9 in Islamabad after a sedition case was filed against him for inciting mutiny in the Pakistan Army. He has since been back-and-forth in police custody and at the PIMS hospital.

Gill was already facing the sedition charges, but the Islamabad police — a day earlier — also registered a case against the PTI leader over possession of an illegal weapon.

He was booked in the case after police raided the incarcerated PTI leader’s room in Parliament Lodges late Monday — where they recovered weapons, a satellite phone, and foreign currency.

The prosecution sought an extension in the remand, which was strongly opposed by PTI’s lawyers. After hearing the arguments, the court reserved the verdict and announced it a few moments later.

The court sent the PTI leader on judicial remand in the sedition as well as the arms recovery case.

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