Following senior PTI leader Shahbaz Gill’s arrest, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Tuesday said that his comments — on the basis of which he has been taken into custody — were a part of the planned conspiracy to create division within the military.
Addressing a press conference flanked by Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, the interior minister said that the comments were according to the script prepared under the supervision of PTI Chairperson Imran Khan which was carried forward by former information minister Fawad Chaudhry and Gill.
Earlier today, Khan’s aide Gill was taken into custody for inciting the public against the state institutions, a spokesperson of the Islamabad police confirmed.
Sanaullah stated that Gill has been arrested by the Islamabad police “in accordance with the law” on charges of sedition and inciting the public against the state institutions which has been registered in Kohsar Police Station.
Gill to be presented before court tomorrow
The interior minister stated that the first information report (FIR) has been registered on behalf of the state and the PTI leader will be presented before the court tomorrow morning.
Sharing the details, Sanaullah said that the case was registered at a magistrate’s complaint under the following sections of the Pakistan Penal Code:
- 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention)
- 109 (punishment of abetment if the act abetted committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment)
- 120 (concealing design to commit an offence punishable with imprisonment)
- 124-A (sedition)
- 131 (abetting mutiny, or attempting to seduce a soldier, sailor or airman from his duty)
- 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot)
- 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups)
- 505 (statement conducing to public mischief)
- 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation)
“Khan is working on a narrative after realising that he had been trapped in the foreign funding and Toshakhana reference,” the interior minister said, adding that this conspiracy was plotted to divert public attention from their [PTI] wrongdoings.
‘Actions will be taken as per law’
Referring to Khan’s statement regarding this being an abduction, the federal minister said that a case has been registered against Gill “how can this be abduction?”
“I assure Khan and [Fawad] Chaudhry that all action against them will be taken according to the law,” he said, adding that a “fair and transparent investigation” will be conducted and a team had been formed.
Sanaullah went on to say that “hateful and seditious” remarks made by Gill were in line with the conspiracy in which a private news channel was also involved.
“Inquiry will be held regarding who are people behind Gill and the private channel as no further investigation is needed on Gill’s statement,” he said, adding that those involved from the private TV channel will eventually come to the limelight.
“The sentences that were said are such that I think it is not in the national interest to repeat them,” he stated, claiming that the PTI leader went to the extent of “leading people towards rebellion” and “inciting mutiny and sedition within the institution”.
The interior minister further stated that the incident proves that the PTI was responsible for running a negative social media campaign on the tragic incident of an army helicopter crash amid a flood relief operation in Balochistan.
Shahbaz Gill arrested for inciting members of state institutions against their leadership: police
PTI senior leader and party chairman Imran Khan’s aide Shahbaz Gill has been taken into custody for inciting the public against the state institutions, a spokesperson of the Islamabad police said Tuesday.
According to the spokesperson, “Shahbaz Gill has been arrested for making statements against the state institutions and inciting the people to rebellion.”
Sources told Geo News, that a case under treason laws has been registered against Gill in Kohsar police station on the complaint of the district administration.
They said that the case has been registered under Sections 124-A (sedition), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), and of the Pakistan Penal Code. Gill has been accused of spreading chaos, inciting people against the state along with other serious allegations.
It is pertinent to mention here that the PTI leader had attempted to incite hatred in the Pakistan Army while speaking on a private TV channel a day prior.
Gill had been using abusive language against the journalists and hurled threats at senior bureaucrats. The PTI leader had been involved in personal attacks and making below-the-belt remarks against his political opponents.
‘This is an abduction not an arrest’
Meanwhile, PTI Chairman Imran Khan has termed Gill’s arrest as “abduction”.
Imran Khan shared the video statement of Gill’s driver who claimed that the PTI leader was tortured and dragged out of the car.
“This is an abduction, not an arrest. Can such shameful acts take place in any democracy? Political workers are treated as enemies. And all to make us accept a foreign-backed government of crooks.”
Sharing a video of Gill’s vehicle showing broken glasses, PTI demanded the immediate release of the party leader.
Gill has been arrested today for the second time in recent months.
On July 17, the Punjab police arrested Shahbaz Gill in Muzaffargarh for allegedly visiting different polling stations during the by-elections in the city with his security guards who were dressed as FC personnel.
However, Gill denied the allegations of keeping any security guards dressed up in FC officials’ uniforms and claimed that he had been engaged for three hours and was suddenly arrested without a warrant.
He was later released on the orders of a district magistrate.
‘Punjab police being sent for Imran Khan’s protection’
PML-Q leader and former federal minister Moonis Elahi announced that Punjab police are being sent to protect Khan.
“Heard about some movement towards Banigala. We are sending Punjab police for protection,” Elahi wrote on Twitter.
He further said that all efforts to harm Khan will be stopped. “In order to reach Khan, one has to surpass the Punjab government and the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Islamabad police spokesperson clarified that no operation is being held near Banigala and 76 officers have been deployed for the security of the former prime minister.
The spokesperson further added that the superintendent of police (SP) has been appointed as Khan’s chief security officer, urging the people not to fall prey to fake news and propaganda.