IHC restrains police from unnecessarily harassing PTI leaders

Islamabad High Court (IHC) has restrained the federal police from unnecessarily harassing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders.

The petition filed by former advocate general Niazullah Niazi against harassment by the police was heard by the Chief Justice Athar Minallah of the IHC. Islamabad police submitted their report to the court.

Upon court’s question over the lists police was making, it was told by the state council that the inspector general had made a list of PTI leaders who were asked to give surety bonds.

CJ Minallah, calling it harassment, asked how they could have asked for surety bonds.

The police also informed the court that the list was prepared by the Special Branch and was passed to the police through IG. Sub-inspector Azmat Bajwa stated that he had called the petitioner and asked to submit surety bond.

Upon court’s inquiry of the law followed for asking for surety bonds police maintained that they were following orders and had asked for surety bonds because of potential peace disturbance during march.

CJ Minallah, calling the procedure adopted for surety bonds illegal, directed the State Council to satisfy the court at the next hearing. The police reassured the court regarding the list at next hearing.

The hearing was adjourned till next week restraining police from harassing the petitioner and all citizens until then.

Niazullah Niazi had approached the IHC against harassment from the police claiming that the Bani Gala police station had made a list of PTI leaders who were to submit surety bond before the march.

PTI is being expected for a long march to Islamabad during this month.

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