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IHC reserves judgment on cases against Sheikh Rashid over same charges

IHC reserved judgment on the petition against registration of cases against former interior minister Sheikh Rashid on the same charges in Islamabad and other cities

By ONLINE
April 25, 2024
Former interior minister Sheikh Rashid. — PID File
Former interior minister Sheikh Rashid. — PID File

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday reserved judgment on the petition against registration of cases against former interior minister Sheikh Rashid on the same charges in Islamabad and other cities.

Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri heard the case, while Sheikh Rashid also appeared in the court along with his counsel Sardar Abdul Razzaq and Sardar Shehbaz.

The court inquired from the investigating officer where were the actual derogatory words uttered by Sheikh Rashid. The investigating officer replied the words were in the USB, which will be presented in the court.

Justice Tariq Jahangiri asked about the police report, saying: “Has it come.”

State counsel replied: “Yes it has come and has been filed in the court.”

The court then inquired if the actual derogatory words used by Sheikh Rashid against PPP chairman were mentioned in the FIR.

Afterwards, under the directives of the court, the state counsel read out FIR registered in police station Moochko.

The court then asked who the plaintiff is, remarking the actual derogatory worlds were not mentioned in the FIR.

The court further remarked that it is written in the FIR that filthy and wrong words were used against PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri remarked that the words mentioned in the report are not in FIR.

The court further said that the statement was issued in Islamabad, “so how the case was registered in Karachi”. “The incident has taken place in Islamabad. The IG Sindh and Prosecutor General Sindh obtained these words from where,” the court questioned.

The court further remarked that Benazir Bhutto was martyred in Rawalpindi. “Will the case be registered in Karachi. Can the case of Peshawar incident be registered in Karachi,” the court asked from the counsel.

The counsel for plaintiff referred to different laws during the hearing of the case, however the court kept on insisting on point how the case was registered in Karachi when the incident took place in Islamabad.

The court further said the case registered at other place is required to be transferred to respective police. “Prove it what is immoral. Tell us about FIR and report 161,” the court remarked.

The state counsel said different witnesses to the case were there in Karachi. The court later reserved the judgment.