Pakistan’s former information minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chowdhury has been arrested.
He was taken into custody on Wednesday after an Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) official registered an FIR against him at Islamabad’s Kohsar police station for threatening members of the electoral body and their families. Dawn’s news.
According to Faisal Chowdhury, Fawad’s brother, the former minister was ‘forced away’ at 5.30am in four cars which had no number plates. The family was not aware of Fawad’s whereabouts at the time.
Eminent lawyer Faisal further said, ‘We are not being given any details of the FIR registered against him. This arrest is ‘illegal’. I will fight this battle in court.
After the arrest, the PTI leader was brought to the cantt court in Lahore where the judicial magistrate granted police Fawad transit remand.
Separately, Fawad’s cousin Nabeel Shahzad filed a petition at the LHC against the arrest. The Punjab government, provincial police officers, counter-terrorism department, deputy inspector general of police (operations) and station house officer of Defense A have been named as respondents in the case.
It said the PTI leader was arrested ‘illegally, unconstitutionally and without legal authority’ and demanded that police officials should be ordered to recover Fawad from ‘illegal and unlawful custody’ and produce him before the High Court.
At the beginning of today’s hearing, Justice Sheikh ordered the police to produce Fawad in the court by 1.30 pm. When proceedings resumed at 2 pm, AAG Yakub said he was not in a position to say where Fawad was.
On the other hand, PTI’s lawyer Azhar Siddique told the court that they have just come to know that Fawad is being taken to Islamabad.
Justice Sheikh said here, ‘I ensure that the orders I give are implemented. Even if he (Fawad) reaches Islamabad, bring him back and produce him in court.’
In his response, the AAG said, he will ensure that the court order is implemented and some time has been sought. Later the hearing was adjourned for 30 minutes.