Islamabad court reserves ruling on plea to extend Gill’s physical remand

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An Islamabad district and sessions court on Friday reserved its decision on a plea by capital police seeking the physical custody of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill for another eight days.

Gill, who has been arrested in connection with the FIR registered against him for allegedly inciting mutiny among armed forces, was produced before Judicial Magistrate Raja Farrukh Ali Khan following the expiry of his two-day remand.

He was taken to court in an ambulance from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), where he was shifted late on Wednesday night after he complained of breathing problems amid reports of him being subjected to torture while in police custody.

Footage from outside the courtroom showed officials crowding around Gill as he arrived in a wheelchair. Gill also appeared to be having difficulty breathing.

In a video shared on the PTI’s official Twitter account, Gill was heard crying for his “mask” — apparently an oxygen mask — while being taken to the courtroom. The tweet described the scene as “heartbreaking”.