Rawalpindi-Some leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) city chapter along with a likeminded group of lawyers allegedly put pressure on Saddar Bairooni police to register a “bogus attempted suicide case” against Dr Shehbaz Gill, the chief of staff of former premier Imran Khan, apparently to avoid him being taken on physical remand by Islamabad police, reliable sources disclosed to The Nation on Thursday.

However, the alleged plan of PTI – save the skin of Dr Shehbaz Gill from investigators of Islamabad police – failed after an intervention of country’s top security department and the police refused to entertain an application reportedly tabled by brother of Gill, they said.

Sources said the motive behind filing the FIR of suicide attempt under section 325 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) was to first take Gill to DHQ Hospital for medical treatment, from where he was to be handed over to Rawalpindi Police by a court of law, to keep him away from the reach of the Islamabad police, against whom all the PTI leadership including Imran Khan are hurling accusations of placing Shehbaz Gill under severe torture.

After meeting failure, PTI leaders and a group of lawyers, who kept on sitting in PS Saddar Bairooni for more than seven hours on Tuesday exerting pressure on SHO, had informed party’s top leadership about the failure of their alleged plan which later on engineered yet another plan to save the skin of Gill by ordering authorities of Adiala Jail not to hand over the inmate to Islamabad police at any cost, sources mentioned.

Section 325 of PPC is a criminal law in the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860, and in effect throughout the country. It states, “Whoever attempts to commit suicide and does any act towards the commission of such offence, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.” When contacted, a lawyer, who according to sources, was the part of PTI team which allegedly pressurised the Saddar Bairooni police for registration of fake suicide attempt case against Gill, replied, “No, I never visited any police station.”

While SHO PS Saddar Bairooni Chaudhry Raffique, when approached by The Nation to know his point of view, disconnected the phone call saying, “Police have not received any such application.”

However, sources disclosed that the complaint filed with PS Saddar Bairooni by PTI team while showing brother of Dr Shehbaz Gill as complainant, was not even signed by the genuine applicant (brother of Gill).

It may be noted that authorities of Adiala Jail had handed over Dr Shehbaz Gill to Islamabad police following a court order on Wednesday after hours long standoff between Islamabad police and Rawalpindi police.

Furthermore, Gill was moved to PIMS by Islamabad police where doctors conducted his medical checkup and declared him fully fit.

Investigators of Islamabad police will produce Gill today (Friday) before court of an additional and session judge after expiry of his two-day physical remand.