Elahi presented before ATC at FJC as police seek 14-day physical remand in newly emerged case – Pakistan


The Islamabad police on Wednesday presented PTI President Parvez Elahi before an anti-terrorism courtroom (ATC) at the Federal Judicial Complex (FJC) in a newly-emerged terror case, courting again to March 18.

The improvement comes a day after he was re-arrested hours after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had suspended his detention below Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance and directed his launch.

He has now been arrested at least 11 instances in numerous instances for the reason that begin of June and after a statewide crackdown was launched in opposition to the PTI in the aftermath of the May 9 violence.

The posts on X (previously Twitter) by the Islamabad police asserting Elahi’s release and his subsequent re-arrest in another case have a time distinction of a mere eight minutes.

The police mentioned Elahi was detained in a case registered at the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) police station.

The PTI shared footage of Elahi’s arrest and criticised the authorities for his newest arrest.

Today, he was presented at the FJC before Duty Judge Shahrukh Arjumand, with video footage exhibiting him holding somebody’s hand for assist.

During the listening to, the police sought a 14-day physical remand of the previous Punjab chief minister whereas his counsel, Advocate Abdur Razzaq opposed it and urged the courtroom to discharge Elahi from the case.

The courtroom then reserved its verdict on the matter.

LHC points contempt discover to Islamabad chief commissioner

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday issued a present-trigger discover for contempt of courtroom to the Islamabad Chief Commissioner (CC) Mohammad Anwarul Haq whereas listening to a plea for PTI President Parvez Elahi’s manufacturing in courtroom and launch.

It comes a day after the LHC had ordered town’s CC and Inspector General (IG) Dr Akbar Nasir Khan — who had already been issued a present-trigger discover on Monday — to seem before the courtroom together with Elahi.

On September 1, the LHC had ordered that the PTI chief be launched together with a restraining order in opposition to his doable arrest by any company or preventive detention. However, he was arrested hours after his launch that day.

Today, Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf took up the habeas corpus petition, filed by Elahi’s spouse Qaisera Elahi, and disposed of it declaring it infructuous.

At the outset of the listening to, Judge Rauf questioned what motion may very well be taken after “yesterday’s developments”, whereas noting that solely contempt of courtroom proceedings may very well be initiated in opposition to the police officers concerned.

Qaisera’s lawyer asserted: “The courtroom order was defied by arresting Parvez Elahi. The courtroom had ordered that Parvez Elahi shall not be arrested in any case. Basic rights are being violated right here.”

To this, the decide replied: “The detention matter went to the Islamabad High Court, from the place the discharge order was issued. After this, he was arrested in an FIR. On the FIR’s matter, it now falls below the Islamabad High Court’s jurisdiction.”

“The contempt of courtroom matter may be proceeded with right here,” Judge Rauf famous, to which the lawyer mentioned that the courtroom had Elahi’s custody and motion was being taken in violation of courtroom orders.

At this level in the course of the listening to, the Islamabad advocate basic appeared before the courtroom and knowledgeable it that town police chief couldn’t come there as he needed to seem before the Supreme Court.

He additional knowledgeable the courtroom that equally, CC Haq had been summoned by the IHC, which is why he couldn’t come to the LHC at the moment.

When Judge Rauf requested him why the CC didn’t seem before the LHC, the advocate basic responded that the IHC’s summon order was current from before.

“Fine, we’ll look into it,” the decide mentioned.

Here, Qaisera’s counsel as soon as once more recalled the LHC order barring authorities from arresting Elahi in any case, to which Judge Rauf replied, “The FIR was registered in Islamabad so how might this courtroom intrude?

The lawyer argued, “This is ailing intent from the Islamabad police. They launch [Elahi] in one case and arrest him in one other.”

When the decide inquired about why the order to current Elahi before the courtroom was not adopted, the advocate basic replied, “Parvez Elahi has been arrested from Islamabad’s territory. It doesn’t fall below this courtroom’s jurisdiction.”

Here, Judge Ruaf noticed that the previous Punjab chief minister was incarcerated in the Atotock district jail, which is why the LHC heard the case.

The advocate basic then advised the courtroom that the PTI president was shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), from the place he was taken to the Islamabad Police Lines.

Noting that implementation of the courtroom orders was vital, Judge Rauf advised the advocate basic that he might problem the courtroom order if he had any reservations about it.

“Tell the Islamabad chief commissioner that he’s going to the Lahore High Court,” he mentioned whereas addressing the advocate basic, to which the latter as soon as once more knowledgeable the courtroom that the IHC’s orders have been already current.

“The chief commissioner ought to have appeared before this courtroom,” the decide noticed.

The LHC then disposed of the petition whereas declaring it as “infructuous”. It additionally issued a contempt of courtroom present-trigger discover to CC Haq, directing the registrar’s workplace to organize a separate case file for the contempt proceedings.

The March 18 FIR

The first data report (FIR) in opposition to Elahi was registered at the CTD police station on March 18 on the criticism of Ramna police Station House Officer Malik Rasheed.

The case pertained to the clashes on that day between Islamabad Police and PTI employees outdoors the Judicial Complex.

The case was lodged below Sections 148 (rioting armed with lethal weapon), 149 (illegal meeting), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public capabilities), 353 (assault or felony drive to discourage public servant from discharge of his obligation), 380 (theft in dwelling home, and many others), 395 (punishment for dacoity), 427 (mischief inflicting injury amounting to Rs50), 435 (mischief by hearth or explosive substance with intent to trigger injury), 440 (mischief dedicated after preparation made for inflicting dying or damage) and 506 (punishment for felony intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 (punishment for acts of terrorism) of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

March 18’s occasions have been marred by clashes between the police and PTI employees amid occasion chairman Imran Khan’s look at the Judicial Complex in a listening to for the Toshakhana case.

The Islamabad police had alleged that occasion employees had shelled the Judicial Complex and set hearth to a police submit. In flip, the PTI had additionally accused the police of shelling Imran’s automobile.

Timeline of arrests and rearrests

Elahi was first taken into custody on June 1 from outdoors his Lahore residence by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) for allegedly taking kickbacks in improvement tasks.

The subsequent day, he was discharged by a Lahore courtroom however was rearrested by the ACE in the same case registered in its Gujran­wala area. However, a Gujranwala courtroom had then discharged him on June 3 in two corruption instances pertaining to the embezzlement of funds.

Nevertheless, even after being discharged, the ACE then rearrested Elahi for “unlawful recruitments” in the Punjab Assembly.

On June 9, a particular anti-corruption courtroom had given the ACE a “final alternative” to current the document of the unlawful appointments case.

The similar day, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) got here into motion and initiated one other inquiry in opposition to Elahi for his alleged involvement in embezzlement in improvement tasks in Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin.

After a classes courtroom on June 12 had put aside a judicial Justice of the Peace’s determination of Elahi’s acquittal in the embezzlement case, the subsequent day, a judicial Justice of the Peace once more despatched him to judicial lockup after the LHC suspended the mentioned order of the classes courtroom.

On June 20, Elahi lastly secured reduction from an anti-corruption courtroom in Lahore however couldn’t be launched from jail as orders for his launch weren’t delivered to the jail administration.

The similar day, the FIA booked him, his son Moonis Elahi and three others on fees of cash laundering.

Subsequently, the subsequent day, the FIA took him into custody from jail and he was despatched to jail on a 14-day judicial remand in the cash laundering case.

On June 26, a Lahore district courtroom once more despatched Elahi to jail on a 14-day judicial remand in reference to a cash laundering case, shortly after the FIA arrested him from outdoors the Camp Jail.

Then on July 4, a Lahore anti-terrorism courtroom had dismissed Elahi’s submit-arrest bail plea as not maintainable in a case of attacking a police workforce that raided his home to arrest him in an inquiry by the ACE.

About per week later, the LHC instructed Inspector General of Prisons Mian Farooq to deal with the PTI president’s complaints relating to the dearth of primary services supplied to him in jail.

On July 12, an FIA plea in opposition to the denial of Elahi’s physical remand in a case of unexplained banking transactions was dismissed by a Lahore classes courtroom.

Two days later, the LHC had restrained the police and the ACE from arresting the previous Punjab chief minister in any undisclosed case. However, he was then detained at Lahore’s Camp Jail below Section 3 of the MPO.

Upon the completion of the MPO detention, the Lahore NAB workforce took Elahi into custody from the Adiala Jail in a graft case on August 14.

On September 1, he was rearrested by the Islamabad police hours after the LHC had ordered his launch in the graft case.

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