#ReleaseBabyGirl trends in Pakistan

Rage against the arrest of a baby leads to #ReleaseBabyGirl trend in Pakistan

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Earlier this week, PTI’s Shahbaz Gill was arrested on charges of sedition and inciting the public against state institutions. Following his arrest, the ICT police raided his driver’s home and maintained that the driver’s family had protested in a government car. Meanwhile, the driver’s wife and their 12-month-old daughter were also taken into custody.

During the Court proceedings on August 11, the girl began crying and was prevented from meeting her mother upon which Civil Judge Salman Badar ordered the girl to be brought to her in the courtroom.

When the judge asked the woman if she wanted to say something, she stated that “the police broke the door and entered, we only came to know when the police had reached our bedroom. Our privacy was not even considered”.

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The wife’s lawyer filed a post-arrest bail petition, on which the court later issued notices. Judicial Magistrate Salman Badar has summoned the police and prosecutor tomorrow, asking for the wife to kept in jail tonight. Twitter users reacted to the news.

Shireen Mazari took to twitter to share her views

Currently, #ReleaseBabyGirl has become a top twitter trend as more and more people are coming forward to tweet in favor of the little girl and her mother.

Another user took to twitter to point out the hypocrisy of the system

On the morning of August 12, Sibghatullah Virk, Head of PTI’s Central Media Department took to twitter to announce that the wife and daughter of Gill’s driver have been granted bail.

In the tweet, he questions the Justice giving institutions by stating that the people who “ruined” national institutions and slandered them, lied to courts and stole from the national treasure were granted bail on Rs.50,000 while a driver’s wife, whose sole crime is being the driver’s wife, has been granted bail on Rs.30,000.

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Meanwhile, Shahbaz Gill has claimed torture in police custody and the Court has granted the police a two-day physical remand of Gill.