In recent development, the magistrate of Islamabad district and sessions court Malik Aman turned down the request from the capital police for granting 7-day physical remand of PTI leader Shehbaz Gill and sent him to jail on judicial remand.
Contending for Gill’s remand’s extension, Special Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi mentioned that in a separate yet related case which was registered against Gill for possessing unlicensed weapons, judicial remand had been sought. He continued that the police was interrogating the suspect on daily basis and that police custody was required to conduct a polygraph test. He added that every single second was being utilized to carry out investigation however some more time was still needed to conclude the probe.
The police had requested the court for a 7-day physical remand of the PTI leader
The special prosecutor told the honorable court that the police visited Gill’s room at the Parliament Lodges during the 48-hour period of his physical remand where phones and four USBs were found and investigated however some questions were yet to be answered. Abbasi added that the Gill’s main mobile phone could not be seized yet and his polygraph test was still to be conducted in Lahore.
To this, the honorable judge noted that as per court’s August 22 order, the polygraph test could be conducted in Islamabad. The prosecutor general replied if it could be done in the capital city, they would surely go for it.
Abbasi mentioned that although some progress was made in the investigation yet the police needed to recover some things and question the suspect to conclude their probe. He argued that the court could grant police; a suspect’s remand of up to 15 days. Moreover, the investigating officer determined that the probe was not completed yet therefore the request for the extension in the remand was not “illegal”.
We are going to file Shehbaz Gill’s bail application immediately, Faisal Chaudhry announced
Talking to the media after the verdict, Shehbaz Gill’s lawyer, Faisal Chaudhry, announced that the PTI leader’s legal team intended to immediately file a bail application for his release as the case against him was nothing but based on lies. He mentioned that the remarks linked to Gill in the FIR were not his comments which he had made on a news channel. Chaudhry added that they were also going to challenge in the Supreme Court, the IHC order of rejecting Gills’ plea against his continued remand.
He urged the human rights societies and other social bodies to raise their voices against the custodial torture. He admitted that it was a mistake by the people that they didn’t stand up for these issues in the past; he however mentioned that there was always a chance of standing up at any point of time. Faisal Chaudhry also urged the government to get the custodial torture bill approved, which had been pending with a standing committee.
He demanded the concerned authorities to constitute a commission so as to confirm Shehbaz Gill’s claim that he was badly tortured during police custody. He demanded the commission to be comprised of sitting high court or Supreme Court judges instead of a retired judge as it was a matter of serious public interest.