Top court takes notice of police raid on PTI chief Gohar Khan’s residence

Top court takes notice of police raid on PTI chief Gohar Khan’s residence
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Islamabad (Web Desk): The Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday took of the police raid on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Barrister Gohar Khan’s residence while he was at the apex court for the hearing on the ECP’s petition against the restoration of the party’s electoral symbol.

The top court summoned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad to court after it heard of the raid.

Appearing before the three-member bench hearing the case, the IG said that the police were in search of some proclaimed offenders.

He told the top court said that it was officials of the Kohsar police station who carried out the raid, assuring the court that he would seek full information from them and inform the court.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa told the IG to provide full details to the SC. “Every citizen should be protected,” the CJP stated, further ordering the IG to visit the PTI chairman’s home on a priority basis.

Earlier in the day, a police team visited the residence of PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan.

Upon learning of the incident from Gohar, Barrister Ali Zafar, the other key lawyer of PTI, remarked that it was a difficult time for the party and advised the PTI chairman to take leave from court proceedings.

Gohar informed the CJP about the incident and claimed his son and nephew were "tortured". He added that a computer and documents were taken.

However, the federal capital's top police official said they were unaware that the house belonged to Gohar.
The IG added nothing was taken from the house nor was anything damaged during the police team's visit. "We will resolve any complaints that Barrister Gohar may have," said IG Islamabad.

CJP Isa had also directed the additional attorney general to look into the matter and said “What has happened, should not have happened”.

Later, the Islamabad Police said the city DPO had visited Gohar’s residence on the instructions of Islamabad Capital City Police Officer (ICCPO) Dr Akbar Nasir Khan.

“DPO City has met Barrister Gohar’s nephew Muhammad Yusuf and obtained preliminary information,” the capital city police said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).
The statement added that further action will be taken after Barrister Gohar is done with the court proceedings.

“The law is equal for all and no exception will be made for anyone. If any police officer is guilty, action will be taken against him,” the Islamabad police stated.