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Court extends physical remand of PML-N Javed Latif

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday extended the physical custody of Javed Latif for four more days under the case of allegedly giving anti-state remarks.

Police produced the lawmaker before the court on the expiry of his previous four-day physical remand and requested that his remand be extended as he is yet to undergo a polygraph (lie detector) test.

The investigation officer stated before the court that the PML-N leader has not yet handed over his mobile phone to the police. The accused had given his cellphone to his driver at the time of his arrest, he added.

Javed Latif’s lawyer, opposing the remand extension plea, contended that there is no need to subject his client to a polygraph test as he has not retracted his statement.

However, the court further extended a four-day physical remand of Javed Latif.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) previously ordered IG Punjab to provide protection to MNA Javed Latif.

This comes as a case has been registered against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA, Mian Javed Latif for making a controversial statement.

The case has been registered at the Township Police Station Lahore over the complaint of a citizen named Jameel Saleem for maligning state institutions.

According to the First Information Report (FIR), Javed Latif deliberately defaming the state institutions and carried out hate speech. Jameel Saleem further stated that the statement of the PML-N stalwart created hate between the party and the Pakistan People’s Party workers and he (Javed Latif) created chaos. He added that by the statement the PML-N leader tried to terrorise citizens.

Saleem has urged the authorities to take action against MNA Mian Javed Latif under the Pakistan Prevention of Electronic Crime Act. He has included Sections 120, 120-B, 153, 153-A, 500 and 500 1 –B in the FIR.

It is to be noted that Javed Latif had said during a current affairs show on a private TV channel that if anything happened to PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz, the PML-N will not say “Pakistan Khappay”.

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