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PTI leader Shahbaz Gill moved to hospital in Lahore

Sources say PTI leader Shahbaz Gill was moved to hospital after he complained of breathing issues

December 07, 2022
PTI leader Shahbaz Gill speaking to the media. — APP/File
PTI leader Shahbaz Gill speaking to the media. — APP/File

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Shahbaz Gill was reportedly taken to a hospital in Lahore after his health deteriorated on Wednesday.

The provincial capital's Services Hospital Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Bashir told Geo News that Gill is an asthma patient and he was shifted to the hospital after he complained of difficulty in breathing due to a chest infection. He said that the former special assistant to the prime minister was brought to the facility at 2am last night.

MS Dr Bashir further stated that Gill has been kept in a VVIP room, where he is being treated for his respiratory issues.

Sources said that the access to room where Gill has been admitted is restricted.

FIR lodged against Gill in Karachi

The PTI leader has been facing a flurry of cases since his controversial comments on a private TV channel.

A day earlier, another first information report (FIR) was registered in Karachi against Gill for inciting the public against a state institution.

A citizen, Muhammad Saeed, lodged the FIR against Gill at the Brigade police station in the metropolis.

As per the FIR, a copy of which is available with Geo News, Gill, during an address, held former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa responsible for having PTI Senator Azam Swati stripped and tortured in custody.

The complainant said that he was using his mobile when he watched a video featuring Gill, which was widely broadcast by electronic media and went viral on social media.

"How is it possible that without [the former army chief's] instructions [...] Azam Swati was stripped naked and tortured?" the FIR quoted Gill as saying.

By using these words, the PTI leader incited the general public against the former army chief and other military officers, said the complainant. Gill tried to harm the respect and reputation of the former army chief, read the FIR.

On December 4, a local court in Islamabad had deferred the indictment of Gill in a case pertaining to inciting mutiny in state institutions till December 12.

Gill was taken into custody on August 9 from Banigala Chowk over charges of inciting mutiny among the public against the ranks and files of the Pakistan Army by making some remarks during a TV programme.

However, he was later released on bail.