An Islamabad court on Friday rejected police request to extend physical remand of senior PTI leader Shahbaz Gill in a sedition case.

The court announced the verdict that was earlier reserved and ordered to send Gill to jail on judicial remand.

Earlier, police produced Gill before the court after the completion of two-day physical remand granted on Aug 10.

During the hearing, the police requested for an extension in the remand.

The investigation officer told the court that the CD of the private TV channel’s programme in which Gill had made anti-army remarks has been acquired and the audio evidence matched.

On August 9, the Islamabad police arrested Gill for “inciting the public against state institutions”, according to the police spokesman.

A treason case was registered against him under sections 124-A (sedition), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), and of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Kohsar police station with the city magistrate as the complainant.

Meanwhile, two PTI leaders Kanwal Shauzab and Ali Nawaz Awan finally arrived in court to show support to Gill. No one from the PTI leadership had gone to meet Gill in jail or came forward in his support since his arrest.

GILL SPEAKS: However, the police barred the politicians from moving towards the courtroom. The judge also ordered expelling irrelevant persons from the courtroom. It allowed the legal team to meet Gill and his handcuffs were removed at the request of the lawyers.

In his statement before the court, Gill said: “I can’t even think of making such a statement about the Pakistan Army. I’m a professor not a criminal.”

Gill pulled up his shirt and showed his back to the magistrate and claimed he has been severely tortured and no medical checkup has been done.

“A concocted report has been prepared for my medical examination,” he said.

He said that he hasn’t been kept in the lockup of the Kohsar police station where the case has been registered and was forced to stay awake all night and wasn’t being allowed to meet his lawyers.


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