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Sheikh Rashid released from Adiala Jail

Court grants bail to Sheikh Rashid, orders his release

Sheikh Rashid released from Adiala Jail

RAWALPINDI: (Suno News) An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Rawalpindi Saturday granted bail to former interior minister and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid in cases related to the May 9 violence and ordered his release.

ATC judge Malik Ijaz Asif heard Sheikh Rashid‘s bail plea and granted him bail, directing him to submit Rs200,000 worth of surety bonds.

Upon his release from the Adiala Jail, Sheikh Rashid said while talking to the media, “I don’t know what is happening in the country. I have lost. I did not participate in the election campaign. God is my witness that I don’t know what is happening in the politics of Pakistan. I was imprisoned in cell number 15 of Adiala Jail.”

Earlier on January 16, AML chief Sheikh Rashid, his nephew Sheikh Raashid, and others were granted bail in the General Headquarters (GHQ) attack case.

However, after some time, Sheikh Rashid’s bail plea was rejected in the May 9 attack case, after which he was arrested from the court premises.

It is to be noted here that after the arrest of Imran Khan from the premises of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the Al-Qadir Trust case on May 9 last year, there was a nationwide protest by the PTI during which an office of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in Lahore’s Model Town and many military, civil, and private installations across the country were set on fire.

The protesters also stormed the Corps Commander’s residence in Lahore, also known as Jinnah House, and broke down a gate of the GHQ in Rawalpindi.

Subsequently, 1,900 people involved in vandalism and arson were arrested across the country, and cases were also registered against Imran Khan and his party leaders and workers.

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