The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday granted the two-day physical remand of former senator Faisal Raza Abidi after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected his petition to dismiss cases registered against him.
He was presented before the ATC after his arrest by Secretariat police two days back.
The former senator had filed a petition to have the case registered against him dismissed. The cases were registered against him for allegedly defaming the judiciary and using threatening the language. However, the IHC rejected his petition.
While hearing the case, IHC Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani observed that “whoever wishes to malign the judiciary, will not be allowed to do so”.
“The judiciary and the chief justice are being threatened explicitly; the attitude of threatening the judiciary is not good,” he remarked.
The counsel for the former senator stated that three FIRs had been registered against his client simultaneously, which was illegal by law.
Justice Kiyani responded that the punishment would be served in only one case, not all. He also inquired whether Abidi had disregarded the judiciary.
Abidi’s counsel replied that his client had not insulted the judiciary, rather only used harsh words.
After hearing the arguments, the court rejected Abidi’s petition to have the case dismissed.
Later, the two day physical remand of the former senator was obtained after being presented in the ACT.