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Islamabad AG says judge exceeded jurisdiction

Islamabad AG Niazullah Niazi said Mohsin Baig pointed a gun at FIA and police officials in addition to threatening duty officers. -Facebook picture

ISLAMABAD: The federal government decided on Thursday to send a citation against the judge for extra sessions for declaring the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) raid “unlawful” to arrest Mohsin Baig, local media reported.

Islamabad’s attorney general Niazullah Niazi has questioned Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Advocate General informed the Prime Minister that the Judge of the Extra Sessions rendered the verdict in the Mohsin Baig case in a hurry without fulfilling the legal requirements as he exceeded his jurisdiction.

Niazullah Niazi indicated that a dismissal would soon be filed against the judge. He said Mohsin Baig pointed a gun at FIA and police officials in addition to threatening duty officers. “Being a media does not allow anyone to take justice into their own hands,” said Islamabad’s Advocate General.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said: “Everyone is equal before the law. Constructive criticism is good for the Pakistani government Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He added that the opposition had launched criticism against the government without any agenda.

A district and sessional court in Islamabad on Wednesday declared the search of the home of journalist Mohsin Baig unlawful. The FIA ​​arrested Mohsin Baig on a complaint by Federal Minister Murad Saeed against a discussion during a television show.

The Chief Justice (CJ) of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), Justice Athar Minallah, meanwhile, conducted a chambers hearing on the motion to dismiss the terrorism case against Mohsin Baig.

IHC CJ summoned a detailed report from SHO Margalla Police Station today (Friday). The motion to dismiss the FIA-registered terrorism case against Baig was filed by his wife in court.

Separately, at a press conference, Federal Communications Minister Murad Saeed said he had no role in how the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) proceeded in the aftermath. of his complaint for comments made against him during the television programme, adding that he had acted in accordance with the law by registering a complaint and was not involved in the subsequent proceedings of the FIA.

“As a Pakistani, who has faith in the Constitution and the law of Pakistan, I acted in a legal manner. After that (…) how the institution proceeded is its mandate. I should not be asked about it,” he said. .

Saeed also clarified that in his complaint, he only referred to the TV show during which the remarks were made and requested legal action. The minister claimed he was the target of a smear campaign by political leaders who are part of the status quo and never wanted young leaders like him in parliament.

“Those who consider parliament their property and politics their business are waging a malicious campaign against me,” Saeed said. Saeed said whenever a political leader dared to expose the corrupt practices of corrupt political leaders, he was targeted with such campaigns.

“Every time I raise my voice against injustice and corruption [political leaders] like Qadir Patel, Hafiz Hamdullah, Aga Rafiullah, Rana Sanaullah and others are using foul language against me,” he added. The PPP and PMLN media cells were also involved in the smear campaign against me on social media, he added.

The minister said he was ready to hold a debate on the performance of his ministry and the criteria on which his ministry retains the top spot among the “top ten performing ministries”. Saeed said he comes from a middle-class family background and rose to the top of politics through his political struggle.

The Minister said that he was the founder of the student wing of the PTI, the Insaf Student Federation (ISF) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and added that through his efforts, the ISF has become the strongest student body in Province. “I was among them who took to the streets against drone strikes and other issues,” he added.