IHC rejects Sindh police plea to transfer Sheikh Rashid to Karachi

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday rejected the Sindh police's plea to transfer Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Shiekh Rashid to Sindh after cases were registered against him in Karachi and Murree

The high court also rejected the police's request to send Rashid on remand

The IHC also issued a notice regarding Rashid's bail plea and stated that the petition would be heard tomorrow

Earlier, Rashid had moved the IHC to bar the police from shifting him to Karachi from the federal capital and to nullify the cases registered against him in the port city and Murree

The petition stated that PTI chief Imran Khan had accused former president and PPP co-chair Asif Ali Zardari of conspiring to murder, which Rashid only referred to

It added that the plaintiff in the cases against him was not the victim

The petition urged that cases should not be registered on the basis of political rhetoric and requested that the high court nullify the cases filed against Rashid in Abpara, Murree and Karachi or transfer them to Islamabad

It further implored that the IHC should issue an order to stop Rashid’s transfer to Karachi until the final decision of the case

Rashid named 11 respondents, including the inspector generals of Islamabad, Sindh and Punjab, as well as the interior secretary in the petition

Read Court sends Sheikh Rashid on two-day physical remand A case was registered against Rashid in Karachi for delivering "immoral” remarks against Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

According to sources, the case was registered at the Mochko police station by a PPP worker over the former minister's comments against the PPP chairman

The sources said a police team had been formed and would leave on Saturday to take the AML leader into custody, adding that he would be brought to Karachi

Meanwhile, a first information report (FIR) has been registered against Sheikh Rashid at Hub police station

The FIR was lodged by PPP leader Ali Asghar against the AML chief for using foul language against Foreign Minister and party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

The former interior minister was earlier arrested by the Islamabad police in a late-night raid on his residence in a private housing society for publically accusing former president Asif Ali Zardari of hatching a plot to assassinate PTI Chairman Imran Khan

On Thursday, an Islamabad court remanded him to two-day police custody following his late-night arrest

Rashid was arrested by the Abpara police after a case was registered against him under sections 120B, 153 A, and 505 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of PPP Rawalpindi Division Vice President Raja Inayat

Date:05-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link