An Islamabad court on Wednesday morning remanded PTI leader Shahbaz Gill in police custody for two days in a sedition case.

Duty magistrate Umar Shabbir ordered police to produce Gill before the court on Friday.

Earlier, Gill was taken to the court amid strict security arrangements.

During the brief proceedings, police requested for remand of the PTI leader. The court reserved the verdict for a while but later granted a two-day physical remand.

Giving reasons for the remand, police had told the court that they had to recover Gill’s mobile phone and the device he used to make the statements.

“We also need to investigate at whose behest the programme was aired by a channel,” the police told the judge.

Gill’s counsel Faisal Chauhdry told the judge that the programme was not aired on anyone’s directives.

The case against Gill has been registered at the Kohsar police station. The first information report (FIR) contains violations of various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The Islamabad police took Gill, who is PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s chief of staff, into custody from Bani Gala Chowk for inciting the public against state institutions.

The move invited strong criticism from the PTI leadership, with the party chairperson saying Gill was not arrested, but “abducted”.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said in a press conference that Gill had attempted to incite hatred within the Pakistan Army while speaking on a private TV channel a day prior.

He had been using abusive language against the journalists and hurled threats at senior bureaucrats. The PTI leader had been involved in personal attacks and making below-the-belt remarks against his political opponents, Sanaullah added.

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