Islamabad police confirmed on Thursday that they’d raided a home the place PTI chief Shahbaz Gill’s driver, Izhar, was staying and arrested his spouse together with one other particular person on prices of rioting, assaulting a police celebration and theft.
Izhar has additionally been nominated within the first info report (FIR), a duplicate of which is accessible with Daybreak.com.
The event comes two days after the arrest of Gill on prices of sedition and inciting the general public in opposition to the state establishments, following his controversial remarks concerning the military on ARY Information. Izhar was with Gill on the time of his arrest at Banigala Chowk in Islamabad and claimed he had been subjected to violence throughout the episode.
Within the FIR registered in opposition to Izhar and others, police mentioned Gill — who has been remanded in police custody — revealed throughout interrogation that he had given his cell phone, which contained appreciable matter concerning the case in opposition to him, to his driver/assistant, Izhar, on the time of his arrest. The FIR mentioned he advised police that Izhar nonetheless had his cell and was dwelling at his in-laws’ residence.
Following this revelation, a particular raiding celebration was constituted and it went to the home the place Izhar was staying at 1:40am on Thursday, the FIR mentioned, including that when the door was knocked, a person and a lady got here exterior. “The person recognized himself as Izharullah whereas the girl recognized herself as his spouse, Mehreen.”
The FIR mentioned each of them started making a hue and cry after seeing the police celebration and referred to as 5 to 6 extra individuals from inside the home.
“All of them attacked the police celebration, put up resistance, started making a hue and cry and threatened the police celebration. Consequently, extra individuals gathered on the scene,” the FIR learn.
It alleged that whereas the suspects have been placing up resistance, a number of the suspects tore the shirt a constable, Sajjad Shahid. Additionally they tore buttons off his shirt and snatched his cell phone and pockets, which contained his ATM card, service card and Rs15,000 money, the FIR mentioned.
It added that Mehreen and one other suspect, Noman, have been arrested from the scene whereas the remainder managed to flee due to the darkish. Subsequently, a case was registered in opposition to all of the suspects.
The FIR was registered on behalf of Sub-Inspector Talat Mahmood of Kohsar police station beneath Sections 149 (each member of an illegal meeting responsible of offence dedicated in prosecution of widespread object), 147 (punishment for rioting), 506 (punishment for prison intimidation), 382 (theft after preparation made for inflicting dying, harm or restraint as a way to commit the theft), 186 (obstructing public servant within the discharge of public features) and (use of assault or prison pressure to discourage a public servant from the discharge of his obligation) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Within the FIR, police recognized a number of the suspects who fled as Hazbullah, Izaharullah, Sardar Imran Khan and Zafar Iqbal.
Earlier, in an audio clip posted on PTI’s Twitter account, a person who recognized himself as Gill’s assistant mentioned “a lot of police personnel have raided my home, harassed my spouse and relations and brought away our cellphones”.
He mentioned they’d detained his spouse and not using a warrant and appealed for assist.
“Police are … torturing me repeatedly, asking me to carry Shahbaz Gill’s belongings. I don’t have something,” he mentioned.
Izhar’s spouse despatched to jail on judicial remand
Later within the day, Izhar’s spouse and relative Noman have been offered earlier than an Islamabad classes courtroom, the place advocate Faisal Chaudhry submitted an software in search of their bail. On the outset of the listening to, the lawyer mentioned the title of Izhar’s spouse was Saira, not Mehreen.
He contended that police raided Izhar’s home at 9pm final night time and not using a warrant. “Now we have video proof which exhibits that the policemen beat up my purchasers,” he mentioned.
“We even have proof of the situation they left the home in,” Chaudhry mentioned, pleading that Saira be let loose on bail. “Apart from one, all of the sections within the case are bailable.”
Throughout the listening to, Civil Choose Salman Badar requested Izhar’s spouse if she had something to say.
Saira replied that the police broke into her home yesterday. “We discovered about their presence after they entered our bed room,” she mentioned, claiming that greater than 20 officers “assaulted us”.
Right here, Chaudhry requested the courtroom to grant Izhar’s spouse bail right this moment and to view the matter as a “particular case”. Nonetheless, the choose replied that no case was particular for him and subsequently accredited Nauman’s two-day bodily remand, whereas Saira was despatched to jail on judicial remand.
He mentioned that throughout the time interval, police could be allowed to research and query the suspects, including that the listening to on Saira’s bail software might be held tomorrow (August 12).
‘Extraordinarily shameful and merciless’
Quickly after the raid, PTI leaders posted condemnations of the raid and arrests on social media.
Farrukh Habib, spokesperson for PTI chief Imran Khan, termed the capital police’s transfer “extraordinarily shameful and merciless”.
He claimed that Islamabad police had raided the home in Izhar’s absence and had arrested different ladies too, together with Mehreen.
Hassaan Niazi, an in depth aide to Imran, claimed that it was police who had attacked Izhar’s household and brought them away.
“Energy comes and goes. Solely God is there for the poor and He’ll maintain [them] accountable,” he tweeted.
PTI chief Azhar Mashwani mentioned Mehreen had been “detained illegally” and claimed that anybody visiting police station for her launch was additionally being arrested.
He additional alleged that the Islamabad inspector basic of police was a “corrupt man”.
Later, Imran, too, “strongly” condemned the arrests, describing them as “fascist unlawful abductions in shadows of late night time”
“I need to ask our authorized group are there no basic proper anymore,” he mentioned, including: “Imported authorities of cabal of crooks introduced by [a] international backed regime change is utilizing worry and terror in [the] media and folks to realize acceptance after being routed in Punjab elections.
“However all they’re succeeding in doing is additional destabilising [the] nation. Solely resolution is honest and free elections.”
In the meantime, PTI chief Asad Umar, tweeted: “The spouse of Shahbaz Gill’s driver has been picked up by the police … They’re fully baffled. The place are the champions of human rights and democracy?”
PTI chief Fawad Chaudhry the police’s motion, saying that ladies and youngsters have been spared even throughout wars.
However “this fascist authorities has crossed all limits of cruelty and revenge,” he mentioned.
Ex-human rights minister Shireen Mazari termed the arrested “pure terrorisation of odd residents by [an] imported authorities which has been rejected by the nation”.
Raid, arrests are authorized: police
As condemnations poured in, Islamabad police defended its transfer and mentioned in a press release on Twitter that the raid and arrests have been “authorized”.
They mentioned the motive force’s household had “resisted” a state motion, and that police have been “amassing proof linked with this case” — apparently a reference to sedition case registered in opposition to Gill.
“Wherever authorized motion is required, police will do their job,” the assertion learn.
Police mentioned the ambit of the case could possibly be prolonged to different provinces, exterior Islamabad, including that authorized motion could be taken in opposition to people discovered concerned in hiding proof and erasing proof.
Additionally they appealed to individuals to not pay heed to faux information, warning of motion in opposition to these spreading false information and anarchy.
“Islamabad police will be sure that the legislation is applied,” they vowed.