Court orders 14-day judicial remand for Shehryar Afridi

ISLAMABAD: On Monday, a district and sessions court ordered the transfer of Shehryar Afridi, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former state minister for interior, to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi. The case pertains to the riots that erupted on May 9.

Afridi was initially arrested on May 16 under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance 1960, which allows for the arrest of individuals posing a threat to public safety. He was re-arrested on May 30, shortly after his release from Adiala jail, with the Rawalpindi deputy commissioner extending his house arrest under the MPO for another 15 days.

On June 17, Afridi was presented before a local court in Islamabad in connection with the May 9 vandalism case. The police requested a five-day physical remand, citing pending photogrammetric and voice-matching tests. The court granted a two-day physical remand.

Today, following the completion of his physical remand, Afridi was brought before Judicial Magistrate Naved Khan. The court rejected the police’s request for an extension of the physical remand, instead sending Afridi to jail on a 14-day judicial remand.

The arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the £190 million Al-Qadir Trust case had sparked nationwide protests marked by vandalism and violence that claimed 8 lives. The protests that had lasted several days saw PTI workers allegedly attacking both private and public properties, including military installations.

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