PTI leader Shahbaz Gill gets bail in sedition case

Senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill has been granted bail by the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

On Thursday, after repeatedly making efforts to be released on bail in the sedition case brought against him, IHC finally granted bail to Imran Khan’s chief of staff.

Gill has been detained since last month when he was taken into custody following the filing of a treason charge against him for allegedly inciting rebellion within the Pakistan Army through his comments during a private TV show.

The Pakistan Penal Code Sections 124-A (sedition), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) have all been invoked in the case against Gill.

The IHC was contacted by Gill last Friday after he made repeated attempts to obtain bail from a trial court but was unsuccessful.

IHC CJ Minallah said earlier during the hearing that the Pakistani military forces are not weak that they would get affected by careless statements made by someone.

IHC CJ Minallah further said, “Gill’s careless, inappropriate, and derogatory remarks cannot be justified in any case.”

Gill’s attorney, Barrister Salman Safdar, reaffirmed that the reason for the prosecution against Gill is that he is being targeted politically.

After hearing arguments from all involved parties in the case, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah ordered the authorities to release Gill on bail.

Gill was ordered by the court to provide Rs500,000 as a guarantee for his bail.