Re-arrest of Shehryar Afridi: IHC serves contempt notice on Islamabad IGP

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Thursday issued notice to the Islamabad police chief in a contempt of court plea against the re-arrest of PTI leader Shehryar Afridi despite clear orders by the court and put off the hearing till Friday (tomorrow).

The petitioner’s lawyer said his client was re-arrested despite a court order against it, and he was not even produced in any court.

The court asked the government lawyer why the petitioner was not produced in court yet, and sought a response by Friday (today).

During hearing, Advocate Sher Afzal Marwat – counsel for the petitioner, requested the court to dispose the petition today with a direction as the main case was also fixed for Friday.

Advocate Marwat said Shehryar Afridi had been kept in a death cell despite the court order, asking the court to issue a written order as a verbal order had already been conveyed for shifting of Afridi from the death cell.

“How is it possible that the order was not complied with?” Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir questioned.

Justice Tahir said the contempt of court case was not being wrapped up, and adjourned the hearing till tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the IHC also summoned the SSP (operations) in person on Tuesday, in a case against the raid on the house of PTI Secretary General Omar Ayub.

Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri heard the petition was Omar Ayub’s wife.

Advocate Babar Awan appeared on behalf of the petitioner and adopted the stance that the police conducted the raid without a search warrant.

Ayub’s 16-year-old son was also threatened during the illegal raid, he added, and sought an order for the police to return their car as well.

The IHC issued notices to the parties concerned, and adjourned the proceedings till June 6.


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