The Islamabad police produced PTI leader Shahbaz Gill in a court in the federal capital Wednesday morning after his arrest on sedition charges on Tuesday.
Amid strict security arrangements, duty magistrate Umar Shabbir took up the case registered by 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 Chairperson 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”.
Earlier on Tuesday, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah claimed that Gill had attempted to incite hatred against the Pakistan Army while speaking on a private TV channel a day ago.
Gill 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.
GILL TALKS: Meanwhile, Gill told journalists ahead of appearing before a court that he was not “ashamed” of the statement that he made on the private television channel.
“There was nothing in my statement that I am ashamed of [….] my statement was of a person who loves his armed forces,” the ex-special assistant to the prime minister said.
The PTI leader said he did not attempt to incite anyone and that he was only pointing towards bureaucrats who were involved in “wrongdoings”.