PTI MPA Nazir Chohan granted bail, sent to lockup

The Nation  |  Jul 28, 2021

LAHORE - Following arrest of PTI MPA Nazir Chohan on complaint of PM’s Advisor Mirza Shahzad Akbar on Tuesday, the Jahangir Khan Tareen group has called a meeting in next few days to decide about the future course of action.  

“We will definitely give our reaction over the development after the group's meeting”, leader of JKT group Saeed Akbar Niwani told The Nation. He further stated that they will formulate their future strategy in a meeting to be held in the next few days. He said he was contacting the group members for the meeting as none of them was in Lahore at the moment. 

“Most probably, the meeting will take place on Thursday when the Punjab Assembly resumes its sitting. But it may be held on Wednesday (Today) if all the members reach Lahore a day before the Assembly session. Jahangir Tareen himself is in Karachi and will be back in a couple of days. We want the meeting to take place in his presence; but if he is late, then the group may meet in his absence”, Niwani further told this scribe. 

Spain’s 5th COVID-19 wave takes toll on hospitals, tourism Earlier, Mr Chohan was arrested from the LDA office in Lahore and was presented before a local court which confirmed his bail subject to submission of the surety bonds.

The court ordered that Nazir Chohan should be released on bail if he submitted bail bonds of Rs100,000 with one local surety to the satisfaction of the court. Since Mr Chohan did not submit the bonds on Tuesday, he was sent to judicial lockup to be presented in the court again on August 10. The legislator was in jail till filing of this report.

Before shifting him to the lock up, the PTI legislator was also taken to the FIA office for forensic evidence of his audio aired on the news channels two months back. Talking to the media from police van, Chohan said: “It is cruel on Shahzad Akbar’s part as they are meting out such a treatment to me”.   

Canada has enough vaccines to inoculate all eligible Canadians It may be recalled here that an FIR against Nazir Chohan had been registered with Racecourse Police Station on the complaint of Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior and Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar in May this year. Akbar had recorded a statement in the FIR that Mr Chohan had leveled a false allegation about his religious beliefs in his appearance on a television channel. He had further stated in the FIR that Chohan had put his life at risk by his misleading remarks.

Interestingly, the police had then not arrested the PTI legislator even though Mr Chohan himself reached the police station to court arrest. Refusing to arrest him, the police had then taken the plea that he could not be arrested because police had not sought necessary permission from the Punjab Assembly speaker.  

Mr Chohan had then maintained that he was ready to fight the case.

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