Imaan Mazari remanded in police custody for three days

Right now we have to collect evidence against Imaan Mazari, says prosecutor.

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court here on Tuesday handed over lawyer and human rights activist Imaan Zainab Mazari to police on three-day physical remand.

A day earlier, Imaan and former lawmaker Ali Wazir who have both been facing cases due to a recent rally held by the Pashtun Tahaffuz Move­ment (PTM) in Islamabad  had been granted bail in a sedition case.

However, hours later, she was re-arrested by Islamabad police in connection with a case registered on terrorism charges at the Bhara Kahu police station on Sunday.

During his arguments today, the prosecutor maintained that the police wanted Imaan’s remand now, maintaining that the trial had not been initiated yet.

“Right now we have to collect evidence against Imaan Mazari,” the prosecutor told the court.

Meanwhile, the human rights lawyer’s counsel, Zainab Janjua opposed the police request for her client’s remand.

It is not necessary for a suspect to be kept in custody in the kind of investigation that the police want to conduct, she said.

“The Supreme Court said that it is not necessary to arrest the suspect in every case. Imaan Mazari is a lawyer herself, she is not running away,” she said, adding that booking her client in the terror case for victimization.

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