Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Saturday penned a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial urging him to ensure the fundamental rights of Fawad Chaudhry who was earlier in the day remanded into police custody for two days by an Islamabad court.
The letter comes after the PTI leader was sent on remand in a sedition case which has invited severe criticism not only from his party but also from senior members of the government.
In his letter to the CJP, the former prime minister mentioned that as the top judge is the custodian of the constitution, he requests him to “ensure that honor and dignity of Mr Fawad Ch are not violated”.
The former prime minister brought up the “inhuman” treatment Senator Azam Swati and PTI leader Shahbaz Gill received when they were in the care of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in two different incidents.
In breach of Articles 9, 10A, and 14, which deal with the right to a fair trial, freedom of speech, and the inviolability of a person’s dignity, the PTI leader feared the previous information minister would experience similar mistreatment.
Fawad — who is facing sedition charges for publicly “threatening” the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a media talk — was arrested from his Lahore residence on Wednesday after a case was registered against him at the Kohsar Police Station in Islamabad.
Moreover, PTI Chairman Khan earlier attacked the authorities in a string of tweets, claiming that the way Fawad was brought before the court was evidence of the administration’s “vindictiveness.”