Lahore: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has taken legal action against a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) created to investigate allegations of murder, police attacks, and riots involving PTI leaders.
The petition was filed by 11 PTI leaders, including Imran Khan and Fawad Chaudhry, through their lawyers Sikandar Zulqarnain and Zafar Iqbal Mangan, with the Punjab government and Home Department being named as respondents.
This move was made after the JIT summoned Imran Khan, Fawad Chaudhry, Hammad Azhar, Ejaz Chaudhry, Musarrat Jamshed Cheema, Farrukh Habib, Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Dr Yasmin Rashid, and others to provide their statements about the cases.
Leaders from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party have argued that the police have registered ten false cases against them, which were made on the provincial government’s orders.
They claim not to know the cases against them and have stated that they have evidence and witnesses related to the death of Zille Shah. As a result, they have requested that the Lahore High Court void the notification to form the investigation team. The PTI leaders were all summoned to appear before the JIT at the Lahore CCPO office, but last time, only Asad Umar showed up to provide a statement.
The JIT, which the caretaker Punjab government set up, has six members, with Imran Kishwar serving as a convener and Aftab Phulawan as a team member. Three team members come from the Intelligence Bureau, Inter-Services Intelligence, and Military Intelligence. The cases against the PTI leaders are registered at the Racecourse and Shadman police stations.
Additionally, Imran Khan, the Chairman of the PTI, has decided not to appear before the JIT on Wednesday, choosing to send a legal team instead. The JIT is investigating cases against PTI leaders for rioting and violence against the police. However, the JIT has summoned other leaders, including Fawad Chaudhary, Hammad Azhar, Ijaz Chaudhary, and Dr Yasmin Rashid.