Fawad Chaudhry wants Sarwar politicians and judiciary to investigate ‘Shahbaz Gill torture’
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s First Vice President Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Saturday called for the establishment of an independent panel of politicians to investigate allegations of torture in detention of Shahbaz Gill .
He said senior PTI leader Dr Shireen Mazari, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) Federal Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique are expected to be members of the panel.
Explaining why both PPP and PMLN members should be on the panel, Fawad said they had a view on torture independent of their parties’ narrative; therefore, they should be tasked with investigating the events concerning Gill. Speaking to the media outside Police Lines headquarters here, he stressed that torture, whether physical or mental, would not be permitted under any circumstances. Those who tortured and those who gave orders must be brought before the public, he said.
“I ask the Supreme Court to take notice of the incident, because the role of the superior judiciary in the fight against torture is extremely important. “Islamabad High Court judges should look at their magistrates and how they have taken a stand against torture.
“You are in pre-trial detention despite evidence of torture. The upper judiciary does not have that mindset…instead they believe in investigating the issue of torture first,” he added.
He liked the Islamabad magistrate for ruling that Gill’s medical reports did not reflect his physical condition and ordered that he be referred to PIMS. “The magistrate made a courageous decision despite pressure from so many parties. The higher judiciary should learn from the lower judiciary”.
Fawad claimed that the PMLN wanted Gill’s physical dismissal, so he could be forced to make a statement against Imran, saying they wanted him to say that those comments were in fact Imran Khan’s statements. “Therefore, in this situation, we will not accept any investigation by Islamabad Police,” he added.
Separately, another senior PTI leader and former minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan also demanded the formation of a judicial commission to investigate Shahbaz Gill’s allegations of sexual assault and torture while in police custody.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, he said there were various issues related to Shahbaz Gill’s interview with a private television channel, his arrest by the police and his torture, which should be brought to the knowledge of the public. He said only a judicial commission could fully investigate the case.
Meanwhile, official sources said a four-member medical board from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) had been appointed which would carry out a full medical examination of Shahbaz Gill to shed light on his allegations of torture. .
Experts from the fields of medicine, general surgery, pulmonology and medical ICU are members of the board. Associate Professor of Medicine Shafaat Rasool leads the council while Surgeon General Atif Inaam Shami, Pulmonologist Dr Zia and Assistant Professor of Medical ICU Dr Salman have been included in the council as members.
The council would treat the head of the PTI and submit a report on his state of health. The report would then be submitted to the court.
In addition, senior police officials on Saturday regretted that the bogus torture and sexual assault campaign against the accused Shahbaz Gill was led by a section of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists and leaders. .
Calling the allegations disappointing, they said in a statement that the campaign was launched to insult the Federal Capital Police just to pressure them into achieving certain grounds. “Legal action will be taken against those elements involved in the defamation and slander of the police force,” the statement said. If anyone had any evidence regarding the allegations of police torture, it could be provided to the Islamabad police authorities. The police asked people not to be part of a made up and lying campaign without verification.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Islamabad, Dr Akbar Nasir was contacted by this scribe to verify the reports of a medical board to look into the sexual assault charge. He said: “The police have not yet received a complaint from the defendant that he was sexually assaulted during the investigation.” The IGP added that political statements could not be accepted.