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Shahbaz Gill denied bail in sedition case

Reacting to the development, PTI leader and former Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari accused the government of being "hell-bent" on torturing Shahbaz Gill. 

An Islamabad court on Tuesday disposed of senior PTI leader Shahbaz Gill’s bail petition in the sedition case filed against him.

According to the details, Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Zafar Iqbal reserved the verdict on Monday after arguments were completed from both sides and announced it today. The detailed verdict will be released shortly.

Reacting to the development, PTI leader and former Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari accused the government of being “hell-bent” on torturing Shahbaz Gill, since the court rejected his bail.

“Shameful how bail was denied to Shahbaz Gill today. The state is hell-bent on torturing Gill to try and get to Imran Khan. His torture is now evident before the world. How far will conspirators go in desperation to get Imran Khan? So far they have failed at each turn of their vicious plotting!” Shireen Mazari tweed.

Charges against Shahbaz Gill

Shahbaz Gill was arrested on August 9 at Bani Gala Chowk by the Islamabad police. He was subsequently booked on charges of sedition and inciting members of state institutions against the Pakistan Army.

Apart from sedition charges, another case has been registered against Shahbaz Gill for the possession of an illegal weapon. To clarify, the police had raided Shahbaz Gill’s room in the Parliament Lodges and recovered weapons, a mobile phone, satellite phone, and USBs. Moreover, his wallet, which was missing, was also recovered in which two of his CNICs were also found. Along with all these two passports were also recovered. His bail in the arms recovery case has already been approved.

Read more: Shahbaz Gill rejects ownership of gun found from his room in Parliament Lodges

During Monday’s hearing, Shahbaz Gill’s counsel revealed that he is willing to tender an apology in the sedition case charged against him.

His counsel said Shahbaz Gill could never think of committing treason, rather, the transcript of his statement was altered to misquote him. However, Shahbaz Gill is ready to address any misunderstanding and will even offer an apology to address the confusion.

Read more: Shahbaz Gill ready to apologize