Gill physically, mentally tortured and sexually abused in custody: Imran Khan

Gill physically, mentally tortured and sexually abused in custody: Imran Khan

Islamabad (Web Desk): Former premier Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday claimed that his chief of staff Shahbaz Gill was physically and mentally tortured and sexually abused in police custody.

"All the pictures and videos show clearly Gill was tortured both mentally and physically, including sexual abuse, most too gruesome to relate," the PTI chairman said in a series of tweets.

The PTI chief said that there is a general perception in the public at large and in “our minds too as to who could have carried out the gruesome torture”.

“Remember the public will react. We will leave no stone unturned to find out those responsible and bring them to justice,” Khan added.

Earlier today, a district and sessions court in Islamabad directed the authorities to conduct another medical checkup of Gill after rejecting a plea by the Islamabad police for his eight-day physical remand in sedition case.

Announcing the verdict, duty Judicial Magistrate Raja Farrukh Ali Khan said that the health condition of Shahbaz Gill seemed not good and ordered the authorities to submit new medical report on Monday.

Gill was presented before the court. He was escorted by the police to court in a wheelchair from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital after being deemed "fit" by a medical board. Strict security arrangements were in place outside the court.

At the outset of the hearing, Gill pleaded to the court to return his oxygen mask, complaining that it was snatched while he was being escorted to the courtroom.

"For God’s sake, give me my mask back," the PTI leader said.

Meanwhile, in a report by the Medical Board of the PIMS hospital, the doctors declared Shahbaz Gill fully fit and further stated that Shahbaz Gill has not been tortured.

The report added that the PTI leader’s health deteriorated due to the illnesses in his past medical history and therefore, the medical team unanimously decided to discharge him.

On Thursday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad to probe into the alleged torture on Shahbaz Gill.

PTI leader Shahbaz Gill, who was arrested by Islamabad police in a sedition case last week, had been handed over to the Islamabad police late on Wednesday, following the order of the sessions court.