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Islamabad court to announce verdict on Shahbaz Gill’s bail plea tomorrow

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  • Additional district and sessions court to announce verdict Tuesday.
  • Judge Zafar Iqbal says he will announce verdict at 11am.
  • Gill is ready to apologise, clear any misunderstanding, lawyer says.

ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad court said Monday that it will announce the verdict on PTI leader Shahbaz Gill’s bail petition tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11am after hearing in-length arguments from both sides.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal heard the case, where the PTI leader’s counsel told the court that his client was ready to apologise and clear any misunderstanding.

Gill is booked in a sedition and arms recovery case and is in jail after he was sent on a judicial remand following back-and-forth hearings and his counsel’s repeated allegations against the Islamabad police.

Gill was arrested on August 9 in Islamabad after a sedition case was filed against him for inciting mutiny within the Pakistan Army. He was already facing sedition charges, but the Islamabad Police — last week — 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 PTI has repeatedly demanded that the party leader be released on bail, alleging that he is facing humiliation, torture and sexual abuse in police custody.

Gill, during the raid at his Parliament Lodge’s residence, also told journalists that he had been sexually assaulted.

The party leader also asserted that he was denied treatment for asthma; however, the federal government and police have refuted the allegations.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has also demanded an immediate, independent, and transparent investigation into the alleged torture of Gill in police custody.

Today’s hearing

At the outset of the hearing, the Islamabad Capital City Police presented the case record in court as directed by the judge at the last hearing.

During the hearing, Gill’s lawyer Burhan Moazzam asked if he can see the case records submitted in court by inspector Arshad.

The court directed the inspector to show the record to the lawyer. However, prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi objected that they cannot show the supplementary challan of the case.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing shortly.

As the hearing restarted, Gill’s lawyer maintained that the police didn’t show the statement recorded under Section 161.

“The police is showing all statements except for Gill’s,” the lawyer said.

At this, the court directed the police to show Gill’s initial statement to the defence lawyer.

While giving arguments, Gill’s lawyer contended that the complainant of the case city magistrate levelled allegations of sedition on the PTI leader after extracting different bits from the transcript of his remarks.

“Gill never thought about committing treason. There must be a misunderstanding about Gill’s statement which he is willing to clear,” he said.

“An incorrect tweet was posted after the army aircraft accident and it later went viral. There is no fault of Shahbaz Gill in that,” the lawyer said, adding that the accused PTI leader even demanded punishment over the wrong tweet.

On the strategic media cell, Gill’s lawyer said that the purpose of this cell is to create a rift between the PTI and the army and there is a mastermind behind it — who he wouldn’t name — who provokes creating propaganda against Imran Khan and PTI.

“How could it be possible that Imran Khan or his party is against the martyrs of the Pakistan Army?” he asked.

Making a reference to the Asia Bibi blasphemy case, the lawyer said that a case is not valid if an accused hasn’t incited hate towards the army but the complainant says they have.

He said that the PML-N insists that Gill has committed treason against the army. “How can they give a meaning of their choice to Gill’s remarks?” he asked.

“My client has and is standing by the Army,” he added.

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Maryam Nawaz honours ASP Shehr Bano For His Extraordinary Courage

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Maryam Nawaz, the PML-N’s nominee for chief minister of Punjab, honours young police officer Shehr Bano for displaying extraordinary bravery, insight, and courage.

According to Maryam Nawaz, if the female police officer hadn’t arrived in time, a catastrophe may have happened.

The country is proud of you, she said as she praised Shehr Bano.

According to Maryam Nawaz, Shehr Bano maintained humanity and the law in the face of pressure, numbers, and circumstances.

She stated that it is required of every police officer to contribute to the defence of individuals’ lives and property.

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The BISP WhatsApp channel has been launched.

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In order to assist both its recipients and regular residents, the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has opened a WhatsApp channel where it posts information about all of its programmes and dispels false statements.

To acquire all the information about the scheme, the BISP advised current and potential beneficiaries to follow the official WhatsApp channel.

The following web URL allows individuals to follow the BISP WhatsApp channel.

The channel number on WhatsApp is 0029VaL06DJ9Bb602I388U2l.

Earlier, the National Telecommunication Corporation and the BISP established a state-of-the-art call centre to offer genuine information about the plan and the issues.

The individuals can contact the call centre at 080026477 to register complaints or seek information about the programme.

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Bushra Bibi challenges the Nikah case’s verdict in court.

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According to specifics, Bushra Bibi’s attorney, Khalid Yousaf Chaudhry, entered a plea on her behalf, requesting that the trial court’s decision from February 3 be deemed invalid.

Salman Akram Raja, Salman Safdar, and other individuals will also be parties in this action, while Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka and the federal government have been named respondents in the plea.

According to the plea, the former first lady went to her mother’s house in August 2017 after divorcing in April.

Furthermore, the ruling is unlawful, immoral, and un-Islamic because the matter pertaining to Bushra Bibi and Khan’s nikah was outside the court’s jurisdiction.

In a case concerning their marriage during the latter’s Iddat era, a court in Islamabad earlier this year condemned former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi to seven years in prison apiece.

The decision on the lawsuit submitted by Bushra’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka in a temporary court at Adiala jail was announced by senior civil judge Qudratullah. The pair was also fined Rs 500,000 apiece by the court.

Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan’s marriage
In February 2018, the former prime minister married Bushra Bibi in Lahore.

Only the bride’s mother and other close relatives and friends were present for the ceremony. The sisters of the PTI founder, however, were not present.

Former SAPM Zulfi Bukhari and Awn Chaudhary, leaders of the Pakitan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), were present when Mufti Saeed conducted the nikah.

Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka had petitioned the court last year, arguing that the marriage was unlawful and in violation of Sharia law.

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