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Khadija Shah released on bail in May 9 riots case

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  • Bail comes after court turns down physical remand plea.
  • Shah booked under Section 169 of the CrPC in murder case.
  • Shah was arrested on May 23 for complicity in riots.

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court in Quetta granted bail to fashion designer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporter Khadija Shah on Thursday in a case pertaining to May 9 riots, The News reported on Friday.

After surrendering herself before Punjab police in Lahore on May 23 this year, the designer remained behind bars for months following allegations of her alleged complicity in fuelling the violent May 9 protests in the wake of PTI founder Imran Khan’s arrest in a corruption case.

The court issued her release orders and rejected Quetta police plea for an extension in her physical remand weeks after she was taken in custody and brought to the city in a murder case on December 11. 

Shah was booked under Section 169 of the CrPC and was initially detained in Lahore. Following a three-day transit remand, the designer was brought to Quetta, where the judge approved her three-day physical remand. For seven days, she was held by the Quetta police for further probe into the May 9 riots.

Shah was particularly accused of involvement in the attack on military installations, specifically the Jinnah House where Corp Commander Lahore resided.

Shah is the daughter of Salman Shah, a former federal minister and Punjab cabinet member. She was known for her staunch support for Khan’s political party and was widely praised among PTI circles.

Shah’s counsel, Iqbal Shah, filed an application asking the police to present evidence to back their allegations in the case. If the police failed to do so, he added, his client should then be acquitted from the case.

More than a month ago on November 15, Shah — who had been named in four cases connected to the incident — was granted bail in the last of the four cases in which she was detained.

However, the Lahore deputy commissioner (DC), on November 17, issued detention orders for Shah for 30 days under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance in connection with the May 9 incidents.

Section 3 of MPO allows the government to arrest and detain suspected persons. 

The May 9 protests led to the arrests of thousands of PTI workers and supporters across the country, with several leaders also parting ways with the party over the May 9 events.

Meanwhile, Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas, the PTI leader from Sialkot, has also been granted protective bail. He is likely to contest the poll from Sialkot again.

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No “major breakthrough” in the opposition-led JUI-F and PTI meeting

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Maulana Fazalur Rehman stated that mending rifts in relationships and getting rid of resentment in an interview with the media in Islamabad with a team from the Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Ayeen-e-Pakistan that paid him a visit.

While no significant progress was made at the meeting, all sides decided to keep in touch in order to plan for the future.

“A positive message,” according to the JUI-F chief, was received with open arms by the delegation. Taking a “united” stance on national issues was the primary goal of the meeting, he said.

Democracy is losing its appeal, and Pakistan’s parliament and constitution are losing their respect. In parliament, Maulana Fazalur Rehman continued, “we should have a single voice.”

Remarking on the event, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub thanked the JUI-F leader for ‘warmly’ receiving the group.

We had a fruitful discussion in the meeting, he declared, urging the opposition parties to work with the PTI to “protect” the constitution.

Constitutional violations and a lack of a rule of law are the claims made by Omar Ayub. According to him, there was “no reason” why the police searched the PTI’s Islamabad central secretariat office.

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In the instance of illegal recruitment, Pervaiz Elahi is granted bail.

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The earlier-reserved court ruling was delivered by LHC Judge Sultan Tanveer Ahmad on Tuesday.

LHC had filed a post-arrest bail motion, according to the former chief minister.

On October 25, 2023, Pervaiz was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

From June 1 to September 18, Elahi has been arrested in a number of crimes; the most recent one was reported by the Punjab ACE on September 18.

More: Pervaiz Elahi’s condition “deteriorated” in Adiala jail; he was hurried to PIMS.

In the Punjab Assembly, Elahi illegally hired 12 people for grade 17 positions, according to information provided by an ACE representative.

In the provincial assembly, the candidates were chosen through record-altering.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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