PTI’s Shah Mahmood Qureshi implicated in eight more cases

A video capture of Shah Mahmood Qureshi, PTI’s second-in-command, during confrontations in Rawalpindi, on August 21, 2023. – YouTube/Geo News
  • Qureshi granted a three-day interrogation period in custody by ATC
  • Anticipated virtual court appearance scheduled for the former FM tomorrow.
  • Recent statement by Qureshi recorded in Adiala Jail pertaining to May 9 disturbances.

LAHORE: On Sunday, law enforcement officials filed additional legal charges against the detained Vice-Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Shah Mahmood Qureshi, related to the disorderly events of May 9.

Qureshi is currently detained at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi facing several charges. He has also received a 10-year sentence from a special court under the Official Secrets Act for the cipher case.

Nationwide disturbances erupted on May 9 following the detention of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in connection with a settlement case worth £190 million. The ensuing chaos led to the arrests of numerous PTI supporters and high-ranking officials for inciting violence and launching assaults on government buildings the previous year.

Among the targeted facilities during the demonstrations were the iconic Jinnah House and the military headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. The military described the day as “Black Day” and pursued the prosecution of the demonstrators under the Army Act.

A police unit earlier approached an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore, requesting authorization to detain, question, and present the PTI executive for a case lodged at the Police Station Sarwar Road.

The court declined the request due to security considerations but permitted the investigation officer to interrogate Qureshi at Adiala Jail within three days. 

“Qureshi will be under the equivalent of a physical detention during that time,” the court’s order stated.

The directive from the court instructed law enforcement to arrange a video link session on Monday (May 27) for presenting the detained politician. The jail superintendent received specific instructions to facilitate the video conference.

Subsequently, police officials documented Qureshi’s version of events regarding the May 9 incident while he was in Adiala Jail.

PTI Denounces Escalation in Judicial Pressure

In response to the new accusations against Qureshi, a PTI spokesperson criticized the move, pointing out that the vice-chairman had previously been granted bail for these very cases.

“Today marks another instance of disregard for the law in an attempt to keep Qureshi imprisoned, rendering the court’s bail decision virtually null,” the spokesperson stated.

The representative further commented on Qureshi’s perpetual loyalty to the PTI’s principles as the reason for his ongoing incarceration, highlighting the increasing disregard for lawfulness in the nation.

The PTI, as articulated by the spokesperson, vows to counteract the purported injustice vigorously.

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