IHC Reserves Verdict On Bail Petition Of Qureshi
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday reserved its verdict petitions of PTI’s vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi against his indictment and seeking his post-arrest bail in cipher case
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Nov, 2023) The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday reserved its verdict petitions of PTI’s vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi against his indictment and seeking his post-arrest bail in cipher case.
Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the cases filed by Shah Mehmood Qureshi against the judgments of trial court. Petitioner’s lawyer Ali Bokhari Advocate and FIA Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi heard the case.
At the outset of hearing, the FIA’s prosecutor objected over the post-arrest bail petition of Mr. Qureshi. He said that it was essential for the petitioner to submit the certificate as per the judgment of the top court.
The defence lawyer said that his client was accused of keeping the cipher in his custody and misusing it. But his client had not committed any offense like this, he said. Ali Bokhari Advocate said that the trial court had dismissed the post-arrest bail petition of his client while it had approved the bail of Asad Umar.
He said that the trial court has not provided the copies of case record and defence was only provided the copies of statements of 161 and 164 so far.
Special Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi argued that the trial court had indicted the accused on October 23, after completing legal requirements. The copies of the case record had also been shared with the defence, he said.
He said that Shah Mehmood Qureshi was accused of assisting the main accused in the crime. Only the foreign secretary was authorized to grant approval for sharing of the document with certain personalities. The prosecutor also gave reference of Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s speeches in the Assembly and to the public gathering. He said that the accused had tried to instigate the public through his words.
He prayed the court to dismiss the bail petition of the accused.
Special Prosecutor Zulifqar Abbas Naqvi said the trial of the accused would likely to conclude within one month. The defence was using delaying tactics in the case proceeding, he said.