PTI Chairman Gohar says family beaten up, documents confiscated in raid on Islamabad home by masked men

Published January 13, 2024
PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan inside his house in Islamabad. — DawnNewsTV
PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan inside his house in Islamabad. — DawnNewsTV

PTI Chairman Gohar Ali Khan on Saturday said that his house was broken into by masked men, and his son and nephew were beaten, while he was attending the Supreme Court hearing regarding his party’s electoral symbol of “bat”.

During the hearing, he told Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa that four pickup trucks were at his residence where they roughed up his family and also confiscated a computer and documents.

He asked the court to excuse him from the hearing and left. During his absence, the chief justice called Additional Attorney General Chaudhry Amir Rehman to the rostrum and said: “Nothing like this should happen, if it is happening.”

At this, the additional attorney general also left the court to take stock of the situation.

Following a brief absence, Gohar returned to the court, to which the chief justice asked if all was right.

The PTI chairman described the situation as “very serious” and wanted to tell more but was not given the permission by the chief justice, who again instructed the additional attorney general to get the situation “fixed”.

The chief justice told Barrister Gohar he could accompany the attorney general if he wanted to but the PTI chairman chose to continue with the hearing.

Later in the day, 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.

“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.”

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