ATC Lahore sends PTI leader Yasmin Rashid to jail on 14-day judicial remand

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An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore sentenced PTI leader Yasmin Rashid to jail on a 14-day judicial remand in connection with comments she made about public institutions and rioting that occurred after PTI Chairman Imran Khan was detained in May.

Due to the extensive violence that followed Imran’s detention on May 9 and the attacks on significant military facilities, the authorities initiated a harsh crackdown against his party.

While Imran Khan was freed a few days later, a large number of PTI employees—almost the whole top-tier leadership—were arrested. Many of them are currently being prosecuted on serious charges.

Following the inclusion of new charges of mutiny and waging a war against the state in the FIRs, a Lahore ATC had granted the police permission to question many PTI leaders, including Rashid, and activists again in connection with the May 9 riot cases last month.

Rashid was given a five-day physical detention order by the court last week in connection with a case involving allegedly incendiary comments she made on May 9 near Lahore’s Sherpao Bridge against government institutions and unrest that followed Imran’s arrest.

The police brought Rashid before the court today after her physical remand expired under the supervision of ATC Judge Abher Gul Khan.

The PTI leader was placed in jail on a 14-day judicial remand after the police declined to request her continued physical remand. The court further ordered the police to present the case challan at the subsequent hearing.