IHC orders Shehryar Afridi and Shandana Gulzar’s immediate release


Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the immediate release of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders Shehryar Afridi and Shandana Gulzar after suspending a detention order.

According to the media reports, the Judge of Islamabad High Court Justice Babar Sattar heard the petition filed seeking the release of both PTI leaders Shehryar Afridi and Shandana Gulzar. The Judge also ordered that city Deputy Commissioner (DC) Irfan Nawaz Memon and a senior superintendent of police (SSP) would be indicted for contempt of court.

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The PTI leaders were arrested under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance by Islamabad Police for their suspected involvement in the May 9 rioting, which was sparked by the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan earlier this year in a corruption case.

Former Federal Minister Shehryar Khan Afridi has been detained by police since May 16, after being arrested many times after local courts granted his release. Meanwhile, on August 9, Islamabad police allegedly apprehended Shandana Gulzar.

During the hearing today (Wednesday, August 16), the Judge of Islamabad High Court Justice Babar Sattar expressed displeasure over the repeated arrests of Afridi under the 3MPO order and declared it null and void. He said the SSP operations submitted an unsatisfactory response, and ordered that contempt of court action will be taken against him and DC Islamabad. He adjourned the hearing of the case for two weeks.