Following a standoff on Wednesday between Islamabad and Rawalpindi police over the custody of Shahbaz Gill, the Adiala jail authorities handed him over to the former.
Islamabad Police left the jail with PTI leader Gill as Punjab Police personnel returned after hours-long drama outside the jail premises.
It is learnt that Gill would be first taken to PIMS for a medical checkup.
Gill’s custody has been given to Islamabad Police according to the directions of the court, sources in the police said.
Meanwhile, insiders said that after Gill’s medical checkup, the doctors of the Adiala jail and the authorities concerned were directed to shift him to the DHQ Hospital in Rawalpindi.
Following the directions, Islamabad Police and Rawalpindi police had reached the Adiala jail to shift Gill; however, he refused to go with the former. This led to hours-long drama between the two police stations.
HRCP CONCERNED: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), in the meanwhile, expressed concern at the decision taken by the court to send Gill on physical remand.
“Any allegations that he was mistreated while on remand should also be investigated fairly and transparently,” the commission wrote on Twitter.
THE STANDOFF: The Rawalpindi Police was adamant about shifting Gill to DHQ Hospital while Islamabad Police insisted on transferring the PTI leader to the federal capital as per court orders. Following the argument, additional personnel of Islamabad Police were called to the jail.
According to sources in jail, it was learnt that Gill had complained of difficulty in breathing and ill health due to alleged torture after which he was shifted to the jail hospital for a checkup.
Meanwhile, the sources had said that PTI Chairperson Imran Khan had ordered Gill to create an emergency-like situation so that he could be transferred to the hospital.
Jail officials said that prisoners of Adiala jail undergo checkups in DHQ Hospital as the medical team from Islamabad cannot check prisoners of Adiala jail.
Meanwhile, after reports of the worsening situation, the Ministry of Interior had also summoned Rangers and FC to execute the court orders.
FAWAD ASKS WORKERS TO GEAR UP: Terming the developments as “abduction”, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry said that getting a certificate from the board of their choice is not according to the laws.
“Pakistan is currently facing the worst fascism, workers should be prepared for all kinds of situations,” he wrote on Twitter.
Following the development, the PTI — on its official Twitter handle — shared the video of Gill being transferred to PIMS in an ambulance with an oxygen mask.
“Pakistan is undergoing the worst kind of fascism,” it captioned the video.
ISLAMABAD POLICE REJECT ALLEGATIONS: Rejecting all allegations levelled against Islamabad Police, the spokesperson said that Gill was not subjected to any kind of violence during physical remand.
The spokesperson said that Gill underwent regular medical checkups, on the directions of the court and judges, which proves he wasn’t tortured.
He said that the orders of the court have been given to the jail administration and the Islamabad Police has completed all legal requirements.
He said that the authorities would adhere to the orders of the court and expected the jail administration to cooperate.
The head of the investigation team and senior superintendent of police will personally monitor the entire process, the spokesperson concluded.