On October 21, 2022, in Islamabad, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi walked out of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), headquarters following the verdict of former prime minister Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case.
Due to Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s reluctance to comply with the directive to give an undertaking affirming that he will abstain from creating agitation and inciting workers.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) did not issue a written order directing the release of the PTI vice chairman on Friday.
Instead, Qureshi’s lawyer asked the court for a delay in filing the undertaking today.
The PTI vice chairman’s arrest under Section 3, of Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) was deemed “illegal” by the IHC yesterday and he was released following a hearing.
The PTI leader’s release was conditioned on his written promise, to the court that he would not participate in any future protests that became violent or incite violence.
The court was informed by Qureshi’s attorneys that they, would submit the undertaking following consultation with the PTI leader.
Justice Mian gul Hassan Aurangzeb of the IHC, made the orders while considering a petition challenging the legality of Qureshi’s arrest.
Today, however, the ex-foreign minister showed hesitation to make such a promise in writing.
The court did not issue a formal decision for his release because he did not submit the undertaking.
According to police reports at the time, the former foreign minister was detained in connection with riots, and burning in the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Before his detention, though, the PTI chairman, urged party members to keep fighting for “true freedom” in the country.
I vigorously advocated for Pakistan’s interests as, foreign minister. For the past four decades, I’ve been involved in actual politics,” he remarked.
Qureshi stated that he does not regret anything, he has said and has not made any words that may be considered legally inflammatory. He was positive that the PTI’s efforts will bear fruit.
Former state minister Ali Muhammad Khan was previously requested to provide a guarantee of the same nature.
On Friday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC), issued a notice to Islamabad IG Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan regarding contempt, petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Shireen Mazari, Maleeka Bokhari,, and Ali Mohammad Khan, after they were re-arrested despite an IHC order prohibiting their detention.
The court has expressed, its disapproval with the government, for attempting to supersede the court’s writ and, has ordered the Islamabad IG to give a response on the subject by Monday (May 22).
5. First hearing
At Mazari’s hearing, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb slammed the administration for trying to “defeat the court’s writ” and voiced alarm about the number of cases being filed.
We claim to live in a civilised nation, yet our judicial procedures belie that claim, as Justice Aurangzeb put it.
According to Justice Aurangzeb, there is currently an effort underway to discredit constitutional courts.
“These courts are sitting to deliver justice according to law,” he said.
He continued, “Those who are running the campaign were taking relief from the courts in the same way they did earlier.”
He went on to say that judges, unlike politicians, are unable to participate in media appearances to defend themselves.
When the police disregarded the court order, he turned to Pakistan’s Attorney General Mansoor Usman Awan and told him to take it to the highest authorities.
You, as attorney general, hold the keys to our success. He advised taking the issue to the highest level of government.