Pakistan is “becoming a banana republic”, former Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday amid controversy surrounding the arrest of Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill, who he says the leader of the PTI, is a plot to target him and his party.
Gill was arrested by police on August 9, after making controversial comments on television against the Pakistani military that were deemed “highly hateful and seditious” by the country’s media authorities.
A local court on Wednesday approved a two-day physical pretrial detention of Gill at the request of Islamabad police. The court’s remand of Gill to Islamabad police custody comes after a court rejected a police request to extend his physical pre-trial detention by two days.
According to the Dawn newspaper, the judge also ordered the investigator to have the respondent medically examined and submit a report to the court.
Imran Khan’s party alleged that Gill had previously been tortured in police custody and that his life was still in danger.
“To descend into a banana republic. The civilized world will be shocked at our levels of barbarism. The worst thing is that an easy target has been chosen to set an example through torture and without a fair trial,” Imran Khan tweeted. with the video. de Gill taken to hospital.
“Meanwhile, people like NS, Maryam, MFR, AZ, all of whom have in the worst way and repeatedly attacked state institutions with malicious and targeted statements against them, get away with it without even a hint of reprimand,” he said in another tweet.
Meanwhile, the PTI, leader who is close associate of Imran Khan, has been transferred to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital for a medical problem.
Imran Khan expressed concern over Shahbaz Gill’s return to pre-trial detention.
“He is in a fragile mental and physical state due to the torture inflicted on him when he was abducted and taken to an undisclosed location and then back to the police station. This is part of a conspiracy to forcibly target me and PTI to get false statements against us, like what they did against social media activists,” he added.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has also expressed concern over the court’s decision to remand Gill.
“Any allegations that he was mistreated while in pretrial detention should also be investigated fairly and transparently,” the commission tweeted.
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