Rawalpindi Court Denies Police Custody Plea, Sends Qureshi on Judicial Remand

Web DeskDecember 28, 2023
Rawalpindi Court Denies Police Custody Plea, Sends Qureshi on Judicial Remand

The Rawalpindi court denied the Punjab police’s request for PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s custody on Thursday. He was sent to jail for a 14-day judicial remand in connection with a recent case tied to the May 9 riots.

Key Points:

  • The Punjab police’s plea seeking Qureshi’s custody was dismissed by a Rawalpindi court, resulting in his 14-day judicial remand related to the May 9 violence.
  • Qureshi, previously a foreign minister and PTI Vice Chairman, was involved in an incident outside Adiala Jail, where he was manhandled and re-arrested in connection with an attack on the General Headquarters (GHQ) on May 9, when widespread protests occurred following the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
  • Media reports suggest Qureshi is involved in multiple similar cases linked to the May 9 violence.
  • Despite being granted post-arrest bail in the cipher case by the Supreme Court, Qureshi was pushed and taken from the prison by Punjab police.
  • During the court hearing before Additional District and Sessions Judge Syed Jahangir Ali, Qureshi was escorted by police. Videos shared by PTI showed Qureshi being handcuffed and displaying a victory sign post-hearing, along with slogans supporting Imran Khan.
  • Qureshi alleged mistreatment in prison, claiming mental and physical torture, and criticized his detention under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).
  • The prosecutor sought a three-day physical remand, alleging evidence against Qureshi in reports from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and social media.
  • Qureshi’s lawyer objected to the prosecution’s request, citing a lack of substantial evidence against his client and criticized the police’s treatment.
  • The court reserved its verdict on the police’s plea for Qureshi’s 30-day physical remand.

Read more:PTI’s Qureshi Roughly Handled During Re-Arrest at Adiala Jail

  • Meher Bano Qureshi, Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s daughter, expressed disappointment at the heavy security outside the court and criticized the police’s treatment of her father.
  • PPP Senator Raza Rabbani condemned the police’s treatment of Qureshi, emphasizing that every citizen, regardless of their position, deserves respect, and called for action against officers responsible for such incidents.
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