Sheikh Rashid denied bail in Zardari remarks case

Px28-048 RAWALPINDI: Oct28 – Leader of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad gestures after his arrival at Committee Chowk after avoiding his arrest by police. ONLINE PHOTO by Waseem Khan

ISLAMABAD – A special court on Tuesday rejected a post-arrest bail petition filed by former interior minister Sheikh Rashid in a case related to his remarks against PPP leader and former president Asif Zardari.

It was learnt that the Judicial Magistrate Umar Shabbir pronounced the reserved verdict, dismissing the bail plea of AML supremo Sheikh Rashid, the senior politician who is facing a flurry of cases under the coalition government.

Rashid’s counsel, and prosecutor appeared before the court and during the arguments, Rashid’s legal representative maintained that his client borrowed words from the PTI chief, who is facing life threats.

Lamenting the arrest of the defiant politician, his counsel maintained that instead of interrogating former President Asif Zardari, a case was lodged against Sheikh Rashid. He also pointed out that the case cannot be lodged at the request of a private complainant, saying no authorized officer registered a complaint.

It is to be noted that Rashid, 72, was detained last week from his residence on a complaint filed by the vice president of PPP Rawalpindi Division.

He is being tried under several sections related to criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity between different groups, and statements conducing to public mischief.

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