Pakistan crisis: Imran Khan’s aide and former Pakistan Information and Broadcasting minister Fawad Chaudhry was seen running for life after he spotted cops on his way outside Islamabad High Court, fearing arrest over law & order situation.
Chaudhry of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had been detained under the Maintenance of Public Order regulation in the wake of violent protests by the supporters of his party following Imran Khan’s arrest last week, and had filed a petition for acquittal in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
Now, a video has gone viral on social media in which Fawad Chaudhry can be seen entering his car when he notices cops approaching towards him. He then suddenly gets out of the vehicle and rushed back to the Islamabad High Court fearing re-arrest.
Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb after hearing the plea ordered his release after he submitted an undertaking that he would not partake in or incite any violent protest, prompting a triumphant Chaudhry to saunter out without waiting for the issuance of a written order by the court.
The high escape drama with the bulky former minister, clad in traditional salwar-kameez, showing a clean pair of heels unveiled when after entering his white SUV to go home, he sensed that police officials were approaching him.
TV footage showed Chaudhry dashing out of the vehicle and running towards the entrance of the court building. He was seen hunching over and panting when a lawyer came to help him. Someone in the background is heard as saying “bring water for him” and another voice quips that he is “about to pass out”.
“They [tried] to arrest again,” his wife Hiba said on Twitter.
Later Chaudhry informed Justice Aurangzeb that police tried to arrest him despite the bail given by the court. The judge in response provided proverbial cold comfort.
“You should have waited for the written order considering you are a practitioner (lawyer) yourself,” the judge said.
Eventually the minister got a major relief when late in the evening the same judge barred authorities from arresting Chaudhry in any case.
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