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Raid at PTI MPA Aslam Iqbal’s house: Court orders registration of FIR against CM Hamza, CS Afzal

A district and sessions judge on Wednesday directed the police to register a case against Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz, Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal and senior police officers on an application filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Mian Muhammad Aslam Iqbal on the charges of trespassing his house and torturing his employees a day before ‘Azadi March’ towards Islamabad.

Judge Ghulam Hussain also directed the police to register a case against Lahore Deputy Commissioner Sher Chattha, DIG Operations Suhail Chaudhry, as well as deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and station house officer (SHO) of Samanabad.

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Aslam Iqbal had filed the petition through his counsel under Sections 22-A and 22-B for registration of cases against the officials.

He said the police raided his house on the night between May 23 and May 24 without any warrant. He said the police team comprising DSP Nasir Mushtaq, SHO Furqan Mehmood and 25 constables, jumped the wall and illegally entered the house.

He alleged that they abducted his guard and subjected the maid present there to torture. The police, he said, also harassed the family members, especially the females and children. He alleged that the police took his brother Afzal Iqbal to some undisclosed place.

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He asked the court to direct the police to register a case against the police authorities as well as those who were behind them, including CM Hamza, CS Kamran Ali Afzal and officers of the local civil administration.

After hearing arguments, the court directed the police to proceed in accordance with law.

PA brawl case

Meanwhile, Additional District and Sessions judge Yasin Mohl allowed interim bail to PTI leader Nadeem Abbas Bara and restrained the police from taking action against him. The PTI leader had approached the court again after his bail plea was rejected for not appearing before it on Tuesday.

The petitioner said he was a politician and all the allegations levelled against him were politically motivated. He said he was not involved in any illegal activity or attacking the police or creating any scene in the provincial legislative assembly. Bara said he was falsely implicated in the case, and asked the court to grant him bail because he was apprehensive that the police would arrest him. After hearing arguments, the judge granted him bail and barred the police from taking any action against him until June 11.

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