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PTI leader Shahbaz Gill secures bail in sedition case

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  • IHC CJ Athar Minallah directs authorities to release Gill on bail.
  • Orders Gill to submit Rs500,000 as surety against his bail.
  • Says “no one should be deprived of bail until there is no solid evidence against them.”

Senior PTI leader Shahbaz Gill has finally been granted bail by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) after repeatedly attempting to get released on bail in the sedition case filed against him.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s chief of staff Gill has been in detention since last month when he was arrested after a treason case was filed against him for inciting mutiny within the Pakistan Army through his remarks during a private TV channel show.

The case against Gill is registered under Sections 124-A (sedition), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), and of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Gill had approached the IHC last Friday after his failure to get bail from a trial court despite continuous efforts.

The politician nominated Kohsar Police Station SHO, City Magistrate Ghulam Murtaza and others as parties in the plea, stating that he was arrested by Kohsar police on August 9.

Today’s hearing

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah directed the authorities to release Gill on bail after hearing arguments from all of the parties in the case. The court directed Gill to submit Rs500,000 as surety against his bail.

“No one should be deprived of the [right to be released] on bail until there is no solid evidence against them. There wouldn’t be any remedy if the same person turns out to be innocent later,” the court remarked, adding that an investigation must go on but with strong evidence brought to the fore.

Earlier during the hearing, IHC CJ Minallah remarked that the armed forces of Pakistan are not “weak that they would get affected” by irresponsible remarks made by someone.

He, however, made it clear that “Gill’s irresponsible, inappropriate and derogatory remarks cannot be justified in any case.”

Meanwhile, Gill’s lawyer Barrister Salman Safdar reiterated that the case against Gill is based on ill intentions and political victimisation.

He claimed that Gill didn’t address the armed forces in his remark but it was targeted towards the PML-N.

Allegations of torture, sexual abuse

The PTI had been insistent in demanding the party leader’s bail, alleging that he is facing humiliation, torture and sexual abuse in police custody.

Multiple proceedings on pleas seeking and challenging Gill’s physical remand for interrogations have been held with the defence contending that the politician wasn’t physically or mentally fit to undergo physical remand.

Meanwhile, United Kingdom-based international non-governmental organisation for human rights Amnesty International had also expressed concern about the alleged torture being inflicted on Gill during detention.

In a tweet, Amnesty International had called for an immediate and impartial probe into the allegations of torture.

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Shehbaz Sharif was chosen to serve as Pakistan’s 24th prime minister.

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Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq declared Shehbaz Sharif the 24th Prime Minister of the 16th National Assembly of Pakistan and the House Leader of the National Assembly’s Lower House after announcing the official results of the polling for the prime minister elections.

The National Assembly session began one hour later than scheduled. The Holy Quran was recited at the beginning of the session, followed by the reading of a Hadith and a Naat and Pakistan’s national hymn. The NA was attended by party heavyweights, PMLN chief Nawaz Sharif, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto, and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The National Assembly Hall’s doors were closed per the directives of NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, and the voting procedure was finished in which Akhter Mengal and JUI-F did not take part in the voting process.  

Members of the Sunni Ittehad Council, supported by the PTI, staged protests and rallies against the PDM 2.0, an alliance comprising eight parties that is poised to form the central government. The PDM leaders are accused by PTI of stealing the mendate. The claims have been denied by the PPP and PMLN.

Aun Chaudhry, the head of the IPP, arrived at Parliament House. hundreds of Police, Rangers, and FC troops have been deployed, and there are strict security measures in place both inside and outside the Parliament for the National Assembly session.

Cars arriving at Parliament House are permitted entry after being inspected, but most significantly, regular visitors are not permitted during National Assembly sessions.

Cars arriving at Parliament House are permitted entry after being inspected, but most significantly, regular visitors are not permitted during National Assembly sessions.

Ayaz Sadiq, the speaker of the National Assembly, gave the oath to Jam Kamal, a member of the MNA from Balochistan and a former chief minister of the province.

Shehbaz Sharif was chosen prime minister of Pakistan on Sunday for a second time by the country’s recently established parliament. The creation of a coalition government had been delayed for three weeks due to unpredictable national elections.

Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq said, “Shehbaz Sharif is declared to have been elected the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” after revealing Sharif had received 201 votes, more than the necessary 169 votes in the house

With 92 votes, he defeated Omar Ayub, the contender supported by imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan.

The Khan-backed Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) party loudly protested the statement. The MPs chanted chants claiming Sharif had won election fraud and demanded Khan’s release.

A mobile internet outage, arrests, and violence during the run-up to the election on February 8 caused problems for the proceedings, and the results’ abnormally long wait led to claims that the vote was manipulated.

Sharif resumed his position, which he maintained until August, when a caretaker administration was established in place after parliament was dissolved in advance of the elections. No one party took home the majority.

Sharif, 72, is the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister who led the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party’s election campaign.

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Asif Ali Zardari “seeks” the MQM-P’s endorsement for the presidential race.

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The ECP timetable states that voting in the presidential election will take place on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The examination of the nomination papers takes place on March 4, and at 1:00 pm on March 5, the final list of candidates for president will be revealed.

Asif Ali Zardari called Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of the MQM-P one day prior to request his party’s vote in the presidential election, according to sources with knowledge of the incident.

According to the sources, Siddiqui stated he will reply after speaking with the party.

A PPP delegation is reportedly scheduled to meet with MQM-P shortly in order to solicit assistance.

Asif Ali Zardari’s candidature papers for the presidential elections were authorised in a separate transaction since no objections were voiced.

Farooq H. Naik declared, “We have the necessary numbers to win the election; Asif Zardari will be elected president again.”

Mehmood Khan Achakzai, the presidential candidate for the Sunni Ittehad Council, and Asif Ali Zardari’s attorneys previously appeared before the electoral commission to review the presidential nomination documents.

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36% of fresh faces make it to the National Assembly.

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Following the general elections of this year, a record 36% of new members have joined the National Assembly.

There are now 96 new legislators that have been elected to the assembly out of 265 total. In the general elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has elected the most number of fresh faces as Independents.

Of the new faces, eleven PPP and MQM members, as well as fifteen PML-N members, have become MNAs for the first time. The IPP’s Abdul Aleem Khan and Awn Chaudhry were elected to the National Assembly for the first time.

Ataullah Tarar of the Pakistan Muslim League-N, Mir Jamal Khan Raisani, the party’s youngest member, was also elected from Balochistan for the first time and made it to the lower house.

Sher Afzal Marwat, Latif Khosa, and Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, who is supported by the PTI, are some of the fresh faces. In the last parliament, Shandana Gulzar had a reserved seat; however, this time, she was elected to a general seat.

Arshad Vohra, Syed Mustafa Kamal, and Rauf Siddiqui of the MQM were also elected to the National Assembly for the first time.

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