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Sedition case: Indictment deferred as Shahbaz Gill reaches court on oxygen support

A district and sessions court of Islamabad deferred PTI leader Shahbaz Gill’s indictment in a sedition case against him for inciting mutiny within the army

By News Desk
January 07, 2023
Shahbaz Gill appears before the Lahore High Court with oxygen support on January 6, 2023. Twitter
Shahbaz Gill appears before the Lahore High Court with oxygen support on January 6, 2023. Twitter

ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court of Islamabad on Friday deferred Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill’s indictment in a sedition case against him for inciting mutiny within the army.

Additional Sessions Judge Tahir Abbas Supra heard the case. Prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi and Gill’s lawyer Burhan attended the court hearing while Gill appeared before the court in an ambulance on oxygen support.

The PTI leader arrived in the court after the court had issued a bailable arrest warrant for the PTI leader, saying that Gill should ensure his appearance in Friday’s hearing. Gill’s lawyer argued that they could not take him out of the ambulance as he had an oxygen mask on. The court remarked that it looked like the suspect was trying to buy time.

Gill’s attorney said that the court had issued arrest warrants for a sick man. The court marked Gill’s attendance while he remained in the ambulance.

On the other hand, Ammad Yusuf, another suspect in the case, applied for an exemption from attendance through his lawyer. He said that his client contracted malaria and should be excused from the hearing.

The judge remarked that Gill came from Lahore in an ambulance, but Yusuf was not able to come from Karachi. At this, the lawyer submitted his medical report to the court.

However, the court rejected the application and issued a bailable arrest warrant against Yusuf, and adjourned the indictment proceedings against Gill and Ammad till January 20.

The court also issued instructions to ensure the suspect’s attendance at the next hearing.

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