Islamabad High Court bans police from arresting Imran Khan’s party leaders

ISLAMABAD: After Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), senior vice-president Fawad Chaudhry, Islamabad High Court prohibits the authorities from arresting party leader Shireen Mazari and Falak Naz Chitrali, Geo News reported.
The court also ordered authorities not to investigate the two politicians any further when they appeared before the judge hearing a plea requesting a waiver from re-arrest.
“No further investigation is necessary from Falak Naz and Shireen Mazari,” the judge remarked.
The court then ordered authorities not to arrest them, ordering them to present details of the charges against them, Geo News reported.
Earlier on Tuesday, the PTI leaders were re-arrested outside jail immediately after being released by order of the High Court.
They were arrested during the nationwide riots that erupted after PTI Chairman Imran Khan was arrested by Rangers personnel on May 9 on the orders of the National Accountability Bureau, according to Geo News.
“Senator Falak Naz’s family and I (and our lawyer) were waiting outside Adiala jail to receive amma and Falak Naz. Islamabad police arrested them outside the jail as we were waiting outside the exit where they told us to wait. We have no idea where they were taken,” Mazari-Hazir tweeted last night.
Islamabad High Court Judge Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb had previously declared Mazari’s arrest illegal under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) and ordered his release.
The decision was announced on a petition filed by the daughter of the former human rights minister. The bench also ordered the release of Senator Naz who was apprehended under the same law as Mazari.
Earlier, the High Court barred Islamabad police from arresting Fawad Chaudhry until May 17 (today), Geo News reported.
Chaudhry had earlier returned to the Islamabad High Court to seek protection, shortly after the court ordered his release.
The IHC on Tuesday ordered authorities to release the PTI leader after his May 10 arrest and declared his arrest “unlawful”.


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