FIR lodged against Gill in Karachi for ‘inciting’ public against institution

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KARACHI: A first information report (FIR) was registered against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill for inciting the public against a state institution in the metropolis — the latest in the series of cases lodged against him.

A citizen, Muhammad Saeed, lodged the FIR against the PTI leader at the Brigade Police Station in the metropolis.

As per the FIR, a copy of which is available with Geo News, Gill, during an address, held the former chief of army staff General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa responsible for having PTI Senator Azam Swatistripped and tortured in custody.

The complainant said that he was using his mobile when he watched a video featuring Gill, which was widely broadcasted by electronic media and went viral on social media.

“How is it possible that without [the former army chief’s] instructions […] Azam Swati was stripped naked and tortured,” the FIR quoted Gill as saying.

By using these words, the PTI leader incited the general public against the former army chief and other military officers, said the complainant. Gill tried to harm the respect and reputation of the former army chief, read the FIR.

During the last hearing on December 4, a local court in Islamabad had deferred the indictment of Gill in a case pertaining to inciting mutiny in state institutions till December 12.

Gill was taken into custody on August 9 from Banigala Chowk over charges of inciting mutiny among the public against the ranks and files of the Pakistan Army by making some remarks during a TV programme.

However, he was later released on bail.