Parvez Elahi urges LHC to grant him bail like Imran Khan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Former Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Elahi addressing a press conference.  — online/file
Former Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Elahi addressing a press conference. — online/file
  • The Lahore High Court judge turned down the PTI chairman’s request.
  • Justice Rafiq says that Elahi’s cases will be dealt with one by one.
  • The court has also summoned IG Jail, Additional Chief Secretary.

Lahore: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Pervez Elahi on Monday asked the Lahore High Court (LHC) to grant him bail in cases similar to those provided to party president Imran Khan and vice-president Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Elahi, a former Punjab chief minister, made the appeal after the LHC heard his plea regarding the failure to provide facilities to him in the jail.

At the beginning of the hearing, the court asked for how long he had been in jail.

Elahi told the court, “I have been in jail for one-and-a-half months.”

On this, Justice Amjad Rafiq asked what problems he was facing in jail.

To this Elahi shared his grievances, claiming that the problems were problems. He claimed that his room was full of insects and requested the court to send him to Services Hospital for treatment as his legs were swollen.

Justice Amjad asked on his request, “What else can be done.”

At this point, Elahi suggested that he be granted bail like the PTI chief and vice-chairman. Interestingly, the PTI leader’s suggestion proved amusing to those present in the court room and it elicited laughter.

Justice Amjad, however, told the former Punjab chief executive that his case would be dealt with “one by one”.

At this point, the public prosecutor intervened and told the court that all facilities of the jail were being provided to the former CM. He also suggested that he may share the photographs with the court.

But, Elahi claimed that the officials only provided him the facilities for photo ops and snatched them after completing it. “He should stay in jail with me for a day.”

He appealed that they be given access to healthcare.

On this, the court summoned the Additional Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Jails in the next hearing. After this the matter was adjourned till Tuesday afternoon.

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