SC summons Hamza Shehbaz, Ayesha Ahad on Monday


LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Sunday summoned Hamza Shehbaz and Ayesha Ahad Malik who claims to be his wife to the Supreme Court’s (SC) Lahore Registry on Monday.

During the hearing of Ayesha’s case at the top court’s Lahore Registry, her counsel said, “Despite the fact that a case has been registered, no arrests have been made.”

To this, the CJP remarked, “If Hamza Shehbaz is in town then he should appear before the apex court’s Lahore Registry tomorrow.”

On June 3, a case was registered against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza and five others following orders from the SC. Justice Nisar had ordered the Punjab IG to register a case by midnight against those who were allegedly involved in abusing Ayesha Ahad, namely Hamza and Shehbaz Sharif’s son-in-law Ali Imran.

In the complaint Ayesha has accused Hamza of violence, issuing life threats and usurpation of possessions, including jewellery, a mobile phone and her purse. Ayesha also alleged that people sent by Hamza forcefully took her laptop, nikahnama (marriage contract) and other documents.

The CJP had taken notice of Ayesha’s complaint after she approached him against the delay in her cases and threats made to her and her daughter’s lives.

A first information report (FIR) against Hamza and five others was registered on June 2 at the Islampura police station. Charges against the accused include violence, robbery, usurpation, vandalism, threats to life and attempted rape.

Apart from Hamza, others accused in the case include former Inspector-General (IG) Rana Maqbool, Zulfiqar Cheema, Inspector Ateeq Dogar and Imran Yousuf, as per Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Captain (r) Amin Wains.

The police official said that the case had been filed under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) Sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), 337 (hurt and injuries), and 354 (molestation with sexual motive), as well as the Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP) Sections 149 (rioting while armed with deadly weapon) and 511 (attempting to commit punishable offences).

Ahad’s prior complaint, filed in 2011, has also been made part of the latest FIR.

Hamza, however, has rebutted Ayesha Ahad’s claims. calling the accusations baseless. He said that she had made the same accusations in 2014 in the court of law but was unable to present any evidence.