Failure To Present Fawad Chaudhry Prompts The LHC To Call In The Punjab And Islamabad IGs

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After authorities failed to bring Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry before the Lahore High Court (LHC), on Wednesday the LHC summoned the inspector generals of Islamabad and Punjab police.

After openly “threatening” the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a media talk yesterday outside of Imran Khan’s residence in Zaman Park, Fawad was detained from his home this morning.

After receiving a plea for Fawad’s “recovery” from his cousin Nabeel Shehzad, the LHC had ordered officials to present the former federal minister before it.

After the Islamabad police secured a temporary detention for the PTI leader, the petitioner filed a habeas corpus motion asking the court to “recover” him. Further, he urged the court to halt any unjust proceedings against the PTI leader.

Upon hearing the petition, Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh directed that the PTI leader be brought before the court by 1:30 p.m. The deadline was pushed to 2pm, but the authorities still didn’t turn over Fawad in time for LHC.

As an interesting side note, the orders were granted after a Lahore court ordered Fawad’s temporary detention in a sedition case brought against him in Islamabad on a complaint from the Election Commission.

“Bring back Fawad,” says the LHC judge.

The hearing was resumed at LHC, where Fawad’s attorney reported that the convoy carrying his client had already departed for Islamabad.

The government’s attorney said he had no knowledge of Fawad’s whereabouts.

At this point, Justice Sheikh inquired how long it would take the attorney to verify the location.

The attorney has asked for half an hour.

Justice Sheikh said, “Bring him back even if he is brought to Islamabad,” and then he put a temporary hold on the case.

Inspectors General from Punjab and Islamabad are being called in by the LHC.

Justice Sheikh, upon resuming the hearing, called for the PTI leader’s presence.

In response, the government lawyer said that he had talked with all parties involved and that the PTI leader was not in the custody of the Punjab Police.

Justice Sheikh’s response was, “Call IG Punjab.” The judge made the statement after the comments were made, saying that the police chief was now unavailable.

The judge then issued summonses for the IGs of Punjab and Islamabad to appear at 6 o’clock.

Before issuing the summons, Justice Sheikh observed, “First present Fawad and then I will hear you.”

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