ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday stayed the arrest order of PTI leader Babar Awan, granting his bail before the arrest appeal.
President of the High Court, Bar Naveed Malik, appeared in court on Babar Awan’s behalf.
Naveed Malik told the court that Assad Umar had been arrested and that there were concerns about Babar Awan’s arrest.
He alleged that there was a plan to arrest Babar Awan on political grounds. On human rights grounds, Naveed Malik petitioned the court for the release of Awan, a senior PTI lawyer.
Babar Awan’s pre-arrest bail motion was granted by the bench.
The court issued notices to Islamabad Police, the National Accountability Bureau, the Interior Secretary, and the I.G. of Islamabad, and barred the police and other law enforcement agencies from arresting Babar Awan until May 12.
The case was adjourned to May 12 by the bench.
The high court had already ordered an injunction against law enforcement agents arresting PTI leaders Fawad Chaudhry and Saifullah Niazi.
The IHC ordered the federal authorities, the NAB, the FIA, and the police not to arrest Fawad Chaudhry. The hearing was postponed until May 12 by the bench.
When Fawad Chaudhry arrived at the Supreme Court’s Bar room, a force of anti-terrorism Eagle Squad and Islamabad Police were stationed outside.