Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi's son, Zain Hussain Qureshi, has approached the Lahore High Court (LHC) for the recovery of his father, who voluntarily surrendered himself to police following ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’.
In a plea filed by Zain Hussain Qureshi, he stated that his father, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, was arrested on Wednesday (yesterday), and the family is unaware of his whereabouts. It further stated that food and medicine were not being provided to the PTI leaders and workers detained yesterday.
The petition further stated that the leaders were caught on Mall Road and taken first to Camp Jail and then to Kot Lakhpat Jail, adding that PTI leaders have been detained illegally. The petitioner maintained that false cases can be made to harm the reputation of his father.
Zain Hussain Qureshi requested the court produce his father, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in court. Additional Chief Secretary Home, IG, and CCPO have been made parties to the petition.
Apart from Shah Mehmood Qureshi, an application was also filed seeking the trial of Asad Umar, Azam Swati, Umar Sarfraz Cheema, Dr Murad Ras, Waleed Iqbal, and other arrested leaders. The petition for the recovery of PTI leaders was filed by Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Ijaz Chaudhary.
‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’ was launched by the PTI yesterday, and many leaders, including party Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, General Secretary Asad Umar, and more than 80 workers, submitted voluntary arrests. The arrested leaders and activists were shifted to Kot Lakhpat Jail, but sources say that the jail administration has decided to shift the arrested PTI leaders to another city.
According to sources, the workers will be transferred to Dera Ghazi Khan, Leh, Bhakkar, and other jails. Prisoners are being transferred due to limited capacity in Lahore jails. The party leaders and workers will be shifted under strict police security.
PTI Secretary General Asad Umar has been shifted to Rajanpur Jail, while Shah Mehmood Qureshi has been shifted to District Attock Jail. Dr Murad Ras was transferred to DG Khan Jail and Muhammad Khan Madani to Bahawalpur Jail.