Assaulting a traffic warden: Imran Khan's nephews granted bail

Magistrate orders medical examination of both Abdullah and Azeem following reports that they were tortured in custody


Rana Tanveer July 02, 2015
The accused were arrested for assaulting a traffic warden. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

LAHORE: A Lahore judicial magistrate on Thursday granted bail to two nephews of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and ordered for their medical examination to determine if police had tortured them during detention.

Race Course police had produced Azeem and Abdullah before the magistrate at Cantt Court where their counsel filed their bail application.

The counsel for Abdullah and Azeem said the traffic warden Shakeel Ahmed tortured them and later police too joined in while they were held in custody overnight.



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He argued that the charges against them in the FIR were bailable; hence they should be granted bail.

The court, while reviewing the case, accepted bail for both suspects against surety bonds worth Rs50,000 each and adjourned the hearing till July 16.

On Wednesday evening, Azeem and Abdullah had been arrested after they allegedly abused, assaulted and threatened a traffic warden, who stopped them for not wearing a seat belt.

Read: ‘Show’ of power: FIR lodged against two ‘nephews of Imran’

The DPO said that an FIR had been lodged against Abdullah and Azeem after they started misbehaving with traffic warden Shakeel.

Shakeel had alleged that despite wearing their seat belt on his request, both Azeem and Abdulllah started misbehaving with him, abused him and later manhandled him as well.

Shakeel had to call in other wardens in the area, who then took the two men to the Race Course police station where the accused Azeem and Abdullah, residents of Zaman Park – the same locality where the PTI chairman lives – told the station police that “Imran Khan is their maternal uncle”.

The DPO said at the same time the accused changed their statement, claiming that “Imran Khan is their paternal uncle”.

COMMENTS (11)

Mobeen Ajmal | 6 years ago | Reply I am a faculty member at a prestigious university in Lahore. About 3 months back, a traffic police officer shouted banalities at me when I stopped for using a telephone, then when I told him to be civil, he said would you teach me manners and then pushed me back. I slapped him and then spent a night in custody. My question is: Is the police always right? Whatever they do is right and we as civilians have to bear it. I could not get to complain against the traffic police officer while he had the right to file the FIR. Its not about Imran or the Sharif's but the blatant misuse of power and no body or outlet available to the people to fight for their cause. One day unfortunately each one of us will have to face these corrupt, uneducated and impolite traffic wardens and hat day it may not be about them, or me but about Pakistan, for a Pakistan where there is respect.
Amjed Jaaved | 6 years ago | Reply In USA, a policeman is authorised to even shoot someone for offence of battery', touching policeman's body. One youth who fell from second storye, was injured and tasered in USA was shot dead as he did not comply with police instructions while tasered. Several other cases. Just google search. Here police could not dare shoot dead thebhateejas' of the cotainer PM. While flying in Mubashir Luqman's jets or hired Princely Jet, Imranis immune from the mosquitoes like traffic wardens. Why not he shares his air Qingqis with his beloved' bhateejas. Mr Ik never forget there are people who know you inside out, your source of funding , your fountainhead ofpower' and immunity.Javed Hashmi still alive?
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