A PakistanThe Eye Court on Thursday quashed the charge of mischief against a high-ranking retired army general and ordered his immediate release from police custody.
Lt Gen (Retd) Amjad Shoaib is a key supporter of the former prime minister Imran KhanHe was arrested by the Islamabad Police on Monday after a First Information Report was registered against him. Shoaib, accused of inciting people against national institutions, was sent to police custody for three days.
After the three-day remand of Shoaib was over, he was produced in the district and sessions court. Additional Sessions Judge Tahir Abbas Supra conducted the hearing.
His lawyer Mian Ashfaq, in his argument, termed the case as “fake” as the accused did not target any community in his TV speech. “The statement made by him during the TV program is his. We stand by our statement,” the lawyer said.
The counsel further submitted that the late night TV program had ended at 11 pm and the next day no army personnel or civil servant came forward to lodge a complaint.
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Asked by the court to clarify his statement, the general said he was talking in the historical sense and was not asking people to revolt. He said, “I was talking about the history that nothing has been achieved by dharnas and rallies.”
Although the prosecution tried to prolong the case, the judge went on a brief recess after hearing the arguments and later dismissed the charges against Shoaib, ruling that “there is no corroborative evidence to prove the allegations of remand”. was not”.
Citing sections 153A (promoting disharmony between different groups, etc.) and 505 (statements causing public mischief) of the Pakistan Penal Code in the FIR, it was said that the retired general made the statement that “government officials and the opposition should provoked to run and perform.” legal duty”.
Shoaib has been a regular face of Pakistan TV talk-shows for the past several years and is better known for his controversial comments.
He was summoned to appear by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on September 7 last year after he claimed a meeting between the Pakistani prime minister and an Israeli team. However, he did not appear before the Cyber Crime Wing of the FIA.
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