IHC extends interim bails of PTI leaders

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday extended the interim bails of leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) till September 13 in the Masjid-e-Nabvi incident.

Former interior minister Sheikh Rashid, former National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser, Fawad Chaudhry, Qasim Suri, Shehbaz Gill, Haleem Adil Sheikh and others had filed pre-arrest bails. Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the interim bail petitions. The petitioners’ lawyer adopted the stance that the interior ministry had not submitted a report so far. He said that case details against Asad Qaiser were also not provided yet. The deputy attorney general said no case had been registered against Asad Qaiser in a matter about causing a disgrace to the religion. The court adjourned further hearing of the case till September 13.

Separately, in an unrelated development, the IHC served notices to respondents on appeals in the Noor Mukadam murder case.

A division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir heard the appeals.

At the outset of the hearing, the court remarked that it would hear the petitions one by one as several appeals had been filed in the murder case. The court added that it had to appoint a lawyer for the jail appeal of accused Zahir Jaffar.

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