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Javed Latif gets bail before arrest from Sessions Court

LAHORE: A Lahore Sessions Court granted pre-arrest bail to PML-N leader Javed Latif in the controversial remarks case.

Latif and his lawyer Farhad Ali Shah appeared before the judge. Additional District and Sessions Judge Wajid Minha approved his request for bail till March 30 against Rs100,000 surety bonds.

The judge also asked the accused to become a part of the investigation and sought a report from the police at the next hearing.

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”.

Meanwhile, In response to this FIR, Javed Latif said in his Twitter post that “To the state, such cases are registered when civilian talks to put our house in order. Those who attack parliament and PTV becomes president and prime minister of the country” adding that “Unfortunately, Fatima Jinnah, the sister of the Quaid, became a traitor in this country and this card is still used today.”

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