Fawad Chaudhry arrest, LHC summons Islamabad, Punjab IGs


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has summoned the inspector generals of Islamabad and Punjab police today at 6pm after the authorities failed to produce Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry before court, ARY News reported on Wednesday.

The former federal minister was arrested by Islamabad police on Wednesday morning from outside his residence for “inciting violence against a constitutional institution”.

The LHC ordered police to present PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry in court by 1:30pm in response to a petition filed by Fawad’s lawyer, Barrister Ahmad Pansota, for the “recovery” of the PTI senior leader.

The petitioner had urged the court to recover Fawad from “illegal and unlawful confinement” and produce him before the court.

Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh heard the plea and ordered the authorities to present the PTI leader before the court by 1:30pm.

As the hearing resumed at 3pm, Punjab Advocate General (AAG) Chaudhry Muhammad Jawad Yaqub told the Lahore High Court (LHC) that PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry was in the custody of the Islamabad police.

At which, the judge summoned the inspector generals of Islamabad and Punjab to court.

“The IGs of Islamabad and Punjab should appear in the court by 6pm,” Justice Sheikh ordered.

Meanwhile, a court in Lahore today allowed the police to take PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry to Islamabad.

The PTI stalwart was presented before the court by the Islamabad Police in tight security to seek a transitory remand to transfer the former federal minister to the federal capital.

At the outset of the hearing, the lawyers of Fawad Chaudhry objected to handcuffing the former minister. Police should tell on what ground my client has been taken into custody, Chaudhry’s lawyer said in his arguments before the court.