Magistrate reserves verdict on Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s remand


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ISLAMABAD: Duty Magistrate on Thursday reserved judgement on the 30 day remand plea against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Earlier Shah Mahmood Qureshi was brought to Judicial Complex Rawalpindi amidst strict security measures.

He was presented before the duty magistrate in the May 9/GHQ attack case.

Shah Memhmood Qureshi’s daughter Mahnoor Bano also reached the juidical complex.

Prosecutor sought 30 day physical remand of Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

The prosecutor claimed that Qureshi has been re-arrested for interrogation, asserting a strong case against him based on alleged forged speeches.

It is our case that after his speeches, the events of May 9 transpired, according to the prosecutor.

Defense lawyer opposed the remand.

Speaking before the Judge Shah Mehmood said despite being granted bail, he found himself back behind bars under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) charges.

“I question how I could pose a threat to the public. Having spent several months in jail, I was denied access to medical care even when I was unwell”, he told the magistrate.

Alleging torture he said that he was kept in a freezing cold room all night and was inflicted with mental and physical torture.

He also claimed that he is willing to take oath on the Holy Quran that he was not in Punjab on May 9 and infact was in Karachi at that time.

The court reserved the verdict

Shah Mehmood Qureshi was taken into custody on Wednesday from Adiala Jail.

Footage aired on television showed the former foreign minister being dragged by personnel into an armoured police vehicle.

On Tuesday, Qureshi was detained for 15 days on the orders of the Rawalpindi deputy commissioner.

The detention orders stated that Qureshi was involved in the case of attacking the GHQ, Rawalpindi gate on May 9, adding that his release may pose a threat to peace and order in society.

It further said that the city police officer suggested a 45-day detention on the report of the station house officer (SHO) concerned. The district intelligence committee also agreed with the report of the police and security institutions.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi detained at Adiala Jail

Granting Qureshi that right to appeal, he is being detained for 15 days, the order stated.

On Friday, a three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and comprising Justices Athar Minallah and Syed Mansoor Ali Shah approved the bail pleas of former prime minister Imran Khan and Qureshi in the cipher case against surety bonds worth Rs1 million each.

Background

A case was registered against Imran and PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi under Sections 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923. It is related to the “misuse” of alleged contents of a diplomatic cipher, cited by ex-premier Imran as proof of the attempt to remove his government.

Last month, the special court indicted Imran and Qureshi in the cipher case. The duo then approached the SC for bail.

It is pertinent to mention that on December 13, a special court established under the Official Secrets Act indicted both of them again in the case.

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