Lahore court confirms bails of PTI leaders in long march vandalism case

Raja Basharat, Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan and Musarrat Jamshed Cheema granted bail

A sessions court in Lahore on Saturday confirmed bails of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders in cases related to vandalism on May 25 – the day the long march was held towards Islamabad.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Yasin Mohl passed the order after hearing arguments of the parties. The counsels representing the PTI leaders argued that the cases registered against them were nothing but politically motivated and were to victimize them.

“They have nothing to do with these cases and allegations leveled against them,” said the counsel arguing before the court. The lawyers asked the courts to confirm the bails.

After hearing arguments, the judge confirmed bail of former Punjab law minister Raja Basharat, former minister for prisons Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan, Musarrat Jamshed Cheema, Seemabia, Abida Raja and Shahid Malik.

“We are standing by our leader Imran Khan,” said Raja Basharat, lashing out at the PML-N leadership. “They (PML-N leaders) get cases registered against anyone they want,” he further said. Basharat warned Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah to be careful as the whole Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) passed through this process.

Fayyaz-ul-Hasan Chohan claimed that efforts were being made to conduct rigging in the upcoming by-polls. He said that all public departments have been misused openly.

The former provincial minister further said, “Both the incompetent PM and Punjab CM are making huge efforts, but we won’t let rigging take place this time.” Chohan vowed that they would be successful on May 17.

Police had booked PTI leaders in different cases in different police stations under charges of damage to the public property, attack on police and creating a law and order situation in the country during their long march.

Fida Hussnain is a correspondent covering judiciary, politics, business and health issues. He is also a feature writer and researcher with major work on freedom of press in Pakistan. He tweets @fidahassanain and can be reached at fidahassanain@gmail.com.

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