PHC approves Zartaj Gul's transit bail after much ado

Abubakar Saddiq
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Zartaj Gul speaks to journalists in Peshawar High Court (PHC) in this still taken from a video. — Geo News
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Zartaj Gul speaks to journalists in Peshawar High Court (PHC) in this still taken from a video. — Geo News

  • CJ Ibrahim laments deployment of heavy contingent outside court. 
  • PHC CJ says Gul hadn't attacked cops to have heavy force deployed. 
  • Court restricts police from arresting former federal minister. 

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday night approved a transit bail of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Zartaj Gul after much ado inside the court premises.

"It is not our tradition to arrest a woman," PHC Chief Justice (CJ) Mohammad Ibrahim Khan remarked during the hearing while lamenting the deployment of a heavy police contingent outside the court premises.

The court restricted the police present outside the court from arresting the former federal minister after she made a desperate plea against her possible arrest.

Gul, earlier in the day, refused to leave the court's premises fearing arrest in a case pertaining to the May 9 riots, while also apologising for the violent events that took place following PTI founder Imran Khan's arrest.

The police reportedly deployed additional contingents — including six more female police officials — outside the court and Ababeel Squad personnel patrolled outside. 

In view of the situation, PHC CJ reached the court late this evening and set up the court to hear Gul's plea. 

"Both of us should resign if you cannot bring out a solution to the matter," CJ Ibrahim said while addressing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's advocate general. 

He said that the female politician hadn't attacked the police to have this much contingent deployed. 

Gul among 51 other PTI leaders including Murad Saeed, Ali Amin Gandapur, Hammad Azhar, and Omar Ayub face charges in a case related to the attack on Gujranwala Cantt on May 9.

An anti-terrorism court had issued directives to seize the properties of the said politicians. 

Earlier, speaking to journalists at the PHC, the politician broke into tears and said that she felt like fighting a war instead of contesting general elections as heavy contingents of police force were deployed outside the court to arrest her.

The politico asked her voters not to be worried over the tense environment as she was standing firmly and fearlessly with her ideology. She pinned hopes on the judiciary for providing her justice.

Gul said that her nomination papers were rejected by the election commission. The staffers of the election commission were taken hostage in DG Khan.

“Imad Tahir was arrested from the same court this morning and now the forces are present outside to arrest me," Gul said, stressing that she should be granted bail as she has personally appeared and "surrendered" before the court.

"I have not committed any crime. I am just standing with my ideology and I only want to contest polls, which is my right to represent DG Khan," she added, appealing to the lawyers, PHC chief justice, and bar to give her "justice" and order police to refrain from arresting her. She also requested the legal fraternity to take a stand for the rule of law.

Some female cops had earlier reached PHC’s bar room in an apparent bid to arrest the PTI leader. However, the members of the Insaf Lawyers Forum resisted their attempt. The bar room was then locked after media persons and cops asked to leave.