PTI leader Shahbaz Gill. — Screengrab/Geo News/File

Dispute over Shahbaz Gill’s custody deepens between federay, Punjab govts

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PTI leader Shahbaz Gill. — Screengrab/Geo News/File

RAWALPINDI: Islamabad and Punjab police on Wednesday came head to head over Shahbaz Gill’s physical remand following his medical check-up.

Rawalpindi Police, elite force, and Islamabad Police — with additional personnel — are both present outside Adiala Jail to claim Gill’s custody.

Islamabad Police reached Adiala Jail to shift Gill to Islamabad, as per court orders.

Rawalpindi police insists on shifting Gill to District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) in Rawalpindi.

Jail authorities have said that check-up of an Adiala Jail prisoner will be done in DHQ.

“As per law, Islamabad’s medical team cannot conduct check-up of an Adiala jail prisoner,” jail authorities informed.

Geo News reported that a senior superintendent of police (SSP) Islamabad — accompanied by one deputy superintendent of police, two station house officers, and police personnel — has met with Adiala Jail authorities to resolve the matter.

“Not handing over the accused would be a violation of court orders and law,” the officer said warning jail authorities.

Islamabad Police have rubbished allegations of torture on Gill during his physical remand. Police have asserted that the accused has not spoken about being tortured during his appearance in the court.

Gill’s proper medical check-up was conducted and no signs of torture found, Islamabad Police shared, adding that his medical reports were thoroughly reviewed by the court and distinguished judges.

Shahbaz Gill has been ordered to be shifted to DHQ Hospital in Rawalpindi  after doctor’s check-up.

DHQ has also been directed by police to place a guard for security purposes.

Medical officers from the jail shared that Gill is having trouble breathing. In case of emergency, authorities have been asked to shift him to the hospital.

Meanwhile, sources said that Khan had ordered Gill to create an emergency-like situation so that he could be transferred to the hospital. 

PTI to take legal action on Gill’s matter

“PTI is preparing to take legal action regarding Shehbaz Gill’s issue,” says PTI’s central information secretary Farrukh Habib.

Habib says that Khan ordering additional chief secretary and Inspector General Punjab are merely rumours.

“We do not believe in illegal action,” he said.

Khan pressurising Punjab’s  bureaucracy

Speaking with Geo News, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said that PTI is using all kinds tactics to save Gill from being investigated.

“Imran Khan has undue pressure on Punjab’s bureaucracy,” the minister said, adding that the PTI chief has disregarded laws and has blatantly violated court orders.

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