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ATC Grants Two-Day Physical Remand of Parvez Elahi


LAHORE MIRROR – Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was granted a two-day physical remand on Wednesday by an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad in relation to an attack on the Judicial Complex of Islamabad.

Elahi was apprehended by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) police immediately after the ATC announced its reserved verdict.

During the ATC proceedings today, Ali Bukhari, Elahi’s attorney, raised concerns about the absence of any reference to an interrogation in the police’s request for physical remand.

“What has the investigating officer accomplished in the past 24 hours?” Elahi’s counsel questioned. “There appears to be no substantive reason for an investigation against Parvez Elahi; the court must evaluate the necessity for such an inquiry.”

Bukhari further argued that he had previously served as counsel for former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the same case, and Qureshi had been granted bail. “Conducting an identification parade is unnecessary, as Parvez Elahi’s identity is widely recognized throughout the country,” the counsel asserted.

In presenting their case, the prosecutor explained that Islamabad police required Elahi’s involvement in a case filed back in March.

“Evidence needs to be gathered, and the informant has indicated Parvez Elahi’s involvement in the attack on the judicial complex,” the prosecutor stated, emphasizing the necessity of the PTI President’s physical remand.

Elahi’s counsel has also filed a contempt of court petition against his client’s arrest with the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

A day earlier, the former Punjab chief minister was taken into custody by the CTD shortly after being released by the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police in compliance with the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) order.