The Islamabad District and Sessions Court was apprised on Monday by PTI leader Shahbaz Gill’s lawyer that his client was ready to apologise for any misunderstanding in the case regarding inciting mutiny in the army.
Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal heard the bail plea and reserved his decision. Judge Iqbal will deliver the verdict at 11am on Tuesday (today).
At the outset of hearing, Special Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi argued that sedition was committed clearly, adding that the words of the accused Gill were not excusable in any way.
He said that the accused had spoken against officers of the state institution in an organised way. Through his remarks, Gill tried to involve the sensitive institution in politics.
The prosecutor said that the statement of the accused hurt the sentiments of officers.
Rizwan Abbasi said that the content of the FIR was written after considering all the material.
He said the evidence was so clear against the accused that there was no room for anything more.
Rizwan Abbasi said that the allegations of torture were examined but the medical board rejected them.
The board conducted a medical analysis of the accused every time on his (Gill’s) request, he said.
Earlier, Gill's counsel pleaded that police had not shared the statement of his client under Section 161.
The court instructed the investigation officer to show it to the defence.
Defence lawyer Burhan Moazzam said that the statement of his client was twisted and an FIR was registered against him.
He said that his client was ready to remove the misconception and tender an apology. The lawyer said that his client was not as mad that he would speak against the country.
Gill was an educated person who was given award three times for the best professor in US, he added.
The strategic media cell, he claimed, wanted to create a clash between the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) and a state institution. The lawyer said that his client respected the state institution and was standing with them.
Gill's lawyer said that on August 8, a case was registered on the complaint of Ghulam Murtaza Chandio.
Moazzam said that the Constitution of Pakistan gave freedom of expression to every citizen. He asked, “Where is it in the law to arrest someone and torture them on private parts.”
He accused officials of playing with Gill's life by torturing his private parts.
He prayed the court to grant post-arrest bail to Gill.
After listening to the arguments, the court reserved its judgment on the bail plea and adjourned the case till Tuesday.