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ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad court on Tuesday morning rejected the bail plea filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill in a sedition case.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal pronounced the reserved verdict.
After the judge announced the verdict, Islamabad Police resumed custody of Gill and took him back to a holding cell. Gill remains in physical custody of the Islamabad Police in the case.
Gill was arrested on August 9 after he made controversial remarks allegedly about the army during an ARY News bulletin and has been detained since, amid claims of him being subjected to torture and sexual abuse during custody. On August 25, he applied for post-arrest bail.
Gill had subsequently filed a bail plea before the district and sessions court.
Special prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi, in yesterday’s hearing, argued that Gill had launched a systematic campaign against the senior hierarchy of the armed forces and tried to politicize the institution.
He added that Gill had tried to provoke the bureaucracy and incite them to disobey the government.
Gill’s counsel told the court that the Shahbaz Gill was willing to tender an apology for any misunderstandings.
Police produced the relevant record before the court and at the request of Gill’s counsel, the court allowed him to peruse the record.
The counsel argued that the city magistrate had accused Gill of sedition, an allegation that he had never thought of.
He said the police registered a case against Gill on the basis of a selected portion of the transcript of his live interaction on television.