The Islamabad police raided the apartment of incarcerated PTI leader Shahbaz Gill at Parliament Lodges in the federal capital and recovered a pistol, other devices, a satellite phone, his passport and from there.
The police searched the apartment under the supervision of a senior superintendent of police (SSP) in the presence of media and Gill who was brought handcuffed to the Parliament Lodges.
About the weapon, Gill changed his stance, earlier he said it was his guard’s gun, but later he expressed ignorance about the weapon, saying it had never been in this room.
However, the PTI leader left baffled after the police found his wallet from the same room. “The wallet was with me at the time of arrest, the driver should have it. I don’t know how it came here,” he remarked.
The police searched the room and recovered a phone, two passports, a USB and some devices. During the raid, the police officials also found a license for an AK-47 gun on which Gill confirmed that it was his license but said he did not “use it here but somewhere else.”
According to insiders, the police raided the room to recover the script read by Gill on the private TV channel.
Speaking to the media, he confirmed PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s claims that he was subjected to sexual abuse during physical remand.
“I see some changes in my room, my passport wasn’t found at its usual place…this hints that somebody came here during the period of my custody,” he added.
Police then whisked Gill to the Punjab House. They also searched the room used by Shahbaz Gill there. But they found none of his belongings there, said police.
Development came after an Islamabad court on Monday granted police custody of Shahbaz Gill until August 24, after hearing the lawyers’ arguments in a plea against the 48-hour physical remand of the PTI leader.
During the hearing, the Gill’s counsel brought up the matter of the recovery of his client’s mobile phone that had been “cited as the reason for further remand” but pointed out that it had already been argued that the device was with Gill’s driver.
“The police have acquired the mobile phone,” he claimed.
After Gill’s lawyer completed his arguments, special prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi told the court that “the lawyers of the accused cannot be told about the police diaries.”
“The law says that only the court can see the diaries. The reason for not showing them the diaries is that they might destroy the evidence if they find out first,” he explained.
He argued that “90 percent of the investigation is yet to be carried out.”
Gill was arrested on August 9, after registration of a sedition case at the Kohsar police station of the federal capital over his controversial remarks against military. He was produced before the judicial magistrate the next day and on August 12, he was sent to jail on judicial remand.