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Lahore Court Allows Police to shift Fawad Chaudhry to Islamabad

LAHORE: A court in Lahore allowed the police on Wednesday to take PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry to Islamabad hours after he was arrested from his residence over provocative statement against the top electoral body.

The PTI stalwart was taken into custody in wee hours of Wednesday after he was booked under sections 153A, 506 and 124 A of the Penal Code of Pakistan on a complaint lodged by the Election Commission of Pakistan Secretary Umer Hameed.

Police produced Mr Chaudhry in court of Judge Rana Muddasir in handcuffs hours at 10am and sought one-day transit remand as they wanted to shift him to Islamabad as the case was registered at the Kohsar police station in the federal capital.

In a short media talk, the PTI leader said security had been placed in a way as a “terrorist” was being brought in court, adding that he was unaware of the charges levelled against him. He also urged people to take to the streets against the government. He said former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela had also been booked in the sedition case.

During the hearing, the former information minister requested Judge Rana Mudassir to provide him a copy of the FIR registered against him, which was accepted.

His lawyer opposed the transit remand, saying the distance between Lahore and Islamabad was just four hours and there was no need of remand. Police should directly take his client to the federal capital and produce in the court, he said.

The PTI leader also said he had filed a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) against his illegal detention. He requested the judge to not issue verdict on the transit remand plea until the LHC deicides the case.