Former PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry will be indicted in a case related to his threatening remarks toward the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) officials on June 24.
According to the details, Additional District and Sessions Judge Tahir Abbas Sipra made the announcement to frame the charges against the former federal minister.
Fawad Chaudhry appeared before the court. He was provided copies of the case by the court. The court directed him to ensure his appearance in the next hearing.
Earlier, Islamabad Police registered a case against Fawad at the Kohsar Police Station in the federal capital on the complaint of ECP Secretary Omer Hamid Khan.
The first information report (FIR) was lodged against him for using threatening language against the ECP and its members, under sections 153-A (promotion of enmity between groups), 506 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statement conducing to public mischief) and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
In his speech outside Khan’s residence in Lahore, Fawad warned the ECP, its members and their families, according to the FIR.
The FIR states that Fawad said that the status of the election commission was reduced to that of a “munshi [clerk].”
He also said that those who become part of the caretaker government will be pursued until they are punished. He had said that the people sitting in the government would be pursued to their houses.
Fawad Chaudhry has been embroiled in various cases, including the sedition case for publicly “threatening” the members of the electoral body during a media talk outside the former prime minister’s Lahore residence in January.
He was arrested in Lahore on January 25, the same day he made the remarks but was released on bail on February 1.