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Institutions defaming case: Javed Latif bail extended till April 14

LAHORE: A sessions court on Monday extended the interim bail granted to PML-N MNA Mian Javed Latif in a case of allegedly defaming state institutions.

Additional sessions Judge Wajid Minhas extended the bail until April 14.

Javed Latif didn’t appear before the court and applied through his lawyer seeking exemption from personal appearance in today’s hearing.

The council stated that his client is self-isolating after feeling Covid-19 symptoms and his sample has been sent for a test, requesting the court to adjourn the hearing for the time being.

Prosecutor Ameer Abbas said Javid Latif is resorting to delaying tactics to drag the hearing.

The court called for the PML-N leader’s Covid-19 test report to be presented before it on April 14 and directed him to turn up on the next hearing if he tests negative for the coronavirus.

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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