Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued notices to the Islamabad police chief and chief commissioner over the detention of journalist and anchorperson Imran Riaz Khan and summoned them to appear before him at 10 am on Wednesday.

The notice by the IHC CJ came after a contempt petition was filed by Mr Khan’s legal team late on Tuesday night.

It named the police chiefs of Islamabad and Punjab as respondents along with the chief commissioner of the federal capital.

The petition was received by the registrar’s office late at night, in accordance with the standard operating procedure set to entertain the petitions on emergent matters and those related to civic liberty, habeas corpus, and imminent threat to life.

Police department official claimed that a contingent of the Attock police supported by a team of the Elite Force took the journalist into custody when he was “travelling to Islamabad” and moved him to the Attock City Police Station.

They said a case was registered against him at the city police station on June 25 under Section 505-1(C ), 505 (2), 501, 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code and six different sections of the Prevention Of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016.

The IHC has granted Imran Riaz protective bail in several “sedition” cases registered against him in various cities of Punjab.

The journalist also shared a video of himself at the time of the arrest wherein he could be seen sitting in his car surrounded by police officials. “You have taken my car and weapons, registered 20 FIRs against me, now you want to arrest me as well, go ahead and arrest me,” he said as he got out of the car to surrender.

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