Shahbaz Gill reportedly admits to making anti-army statement

PTI senior leader and party chairperson Imran Khan’s aide Shahbaz Gill has reportedly admitted to giving a statement against the Pakistan Army, which he said was in line with the party’s policy.

Gill made the confession during an interrogation, sources said. “I think I did not give the statement in digression from the party’s policy,” he was reported as saying in a police statement. “I gave the statement after contemplation.”

On August 9, the Islamabad police officers arrested Shahbaz Gill for “inciting the public against state institutions”, according to the spokesman of the Islamabad police.

On August 10, a court in Islamabad granted a two-day physical remand of the PTI leader to the federal capital’s police. The Islamabad police had sought a 14-day remand. Speaking to the media before his court appearance, Gill said that he was not “ashamed” of his statements.

A case under treason laws has been registered against the PTI leader in Kohsar police station with the city magistrate as the complainant. The Kohsar police would produce him in court today [Friday] after the investigation.

Police said the inquiry regarding at whose behest Shahbaz Gill gave the statement is underway.

Police also said that the phone recovered from Gill was a dummy set. His phone was taken away by his driver while he was being arrested, said police.

Tweets are continuously coming from Gill’s personal mobile phone, said police, adding that they are trying to find out who is using the phone with Gill’s Twitter handle.

Sources said that the person tweeting from Shahbaz Gill’s phone is the accomplice of the accused.