Islamabad court sends Fawad on 14-day judicial remand – Pakistan

An Islamabad district and sessions court on Monday sent PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry on a 14-day judicial remand in a case over alleged incitement of violence against a constitutional institution — the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The former federal minister was taken into custody on January 25 after a first information report (FIR) against him was registered at Islamabad’s Kohsar police station on a complaint by ECP Secretary Umar Hameed for allegedly threatening the ECP members and their families in a speech.

Chaudhry was produced in the court today upon expiry of a second two-day physical remand given to the police.

Following the hearing today, Judicial Magistrate Waqas Ahmed Raja sent Chaudhry to jail on a judicial remand, rejecting the prosecution’s plea of extending his physical remand for a third time.

Faisal Chaudhry, Advocate Babar Awan, and Ali Bukhari were present in the courtroom as Chaudhry’s legal counsels. ECP’s lawyer Saad Hassan, State Prosecutor Adnan Ali, Investigation Officer (IO) Muhammad Ali and PTI leader Ali Nawaz were also in attendance.

Chaudhry was brought to the courtroom later in the afternoon after the case’s hearing had been postponed till 3pm as the police cited road blockages in the capital as the reason for failing to present Chaudhry at 11:30am as originally scheduled.

While the state prosecutor asked for the extension of the PTI leader’s physical remand — saying it still needed to obtain Chaudhry’s “cell phone, laptop and other devices” — the ECP lawyer did not ask for the same.

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