RAWALPINDI – Shah Mehmood Qureshi was freed from Adiala prison on Tuesday after the Lahore Court (LHC) Rawalpindi court ruled that the detention of the PTI deputy chairman was unlawful.
He promised to see the PTI head after being released from prison, offer his political wisdom, and ask for advice.
The LHC Rawalpindi bench had earlier ordered the immediate release of Mr. Qureshi, who had been detained for allegedly taking part in the violent demonstrations on May 9.
Since his first detention, Qureshi, a former foreign minister, has been detained several times.
The court ruled that Qureshi should no longer be detained in accordance with the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance (MPO) after hearing a petition challenging his detention.
In addition, Rawalpindi deputy commissioner’s MPO instructions were ruled unlawful by the court that handled the matter, Justice Chaudhry Abdul Aziz, who also ordered that Qureshi be released right away without being asked to provide surety bonds.
The government was represented by Assistant Attorney General Abid Aziz Rajouri, while Qureshi’s daughter and attorney Taimoor Malik attended on his side.
Justice Aziz pressed the law enforcement official about whether Qureshi had made any speeches or organised any protests. While ordering the law officer to submit evidence against the PTI leader, the judge stated that “No political leader can control his words in a political gathering.”
The official requested two days at this point for the filing of the proof. However, after receiving instructions from the government, the court instructed him to inform the court within one hour. The hearing was then postponed for one hour by the court.
A report on the allegations against Qureshi was given by the Punjab police in the interim.
Nine charges have been filed against Qureshi throughout Punjab, the report said. Five of these cases are recorded at police stations in Multan, while four of them are registered in Lahore.
The daughter of the PTI leader requested that the report be submitted.
Let the past remain the past, Justice Aziz said; it shouldn’t happen again because it’s not funny.