GB DIG goes into hiding after CJP orders his arrest

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LAHORE: Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Junaid Arshad has gone into hiding after Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday ordered his immediate arrest for impersonating his ex-wife Ayesha Subhani on Facebook and posting objectionable photographs of her on the social networking site.

Talking to Pakistan Today, Ayesha said that her life will remain under threat as long as the accused remains free. “He has repeatedly tarnished my sanctity by levelling baseless allegations against me but never proved these in any court of law. He is sending copies of FIRs at my workplace and has been constantly abusing the law for a long time,” she said.

Ayesha said that Junaid has tried to murder her twice. She appealed to the authorities concerned to arrest him so that she can feel safe. She further said that Junaid was using his contacts in police to avoid his arrest. “If Junaid is innocent then why does he not face the court? He is a proclaimed offender but always manipulates law through different tactics in his favour.” she added. She accused Junaid of using his police power and intimidating his junior officers and forcing them to support him.

On the other hand, Junaid Arshad’s defence counsel Faizan Chaudhry, while talking to Pakistan Today, said that the orders of the Supreme Court were not within the legal and constitutional limits. “My client Junaid Arshad got orders about cancellation of pre-arrest bail on Friday night. The next day was a holiday in Lahore High Court (LHC), therefore, he could not apply for pre-arrest bail. He had to get pre-arrest bail on Monday from the court. But the chief justice on Saturday ordered his arrest. According to the law, one month period is granted to the accused and he cannot be arrested. Therefore, orders of CJP are not legal and Junaid has refused to surrender,” he said.

CJP Nisar on Saturday ordered immediate arrest of Junaid Arshad for posting his wife Ayesha’s objectionable pictures.

“Are police officers above the law?” the CJP remarked while hearing a petition by Junaid’s ex-wife, Ayesha Subhani, at the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court (SC). He also ordered Punjab IG to immediately arrest Junaid and sought a report in this regard on Sunday besides directing the interior ministry to place Junaid’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Ayesha, in her petition, had pleaded that Junaid’s bail expired on Wednesday but he was roaming free as authorities were reluctant to arrest him. Earlier in June 2017, she had registered an FIR with FIA’s cyber crime wing regarding Junaid allegedly blackmailing her with the assistance of a friend, Danish Ghani, by uploading objectionable pictures of her on social media.

Amid the controversies, the GB DIG had been suspended on September 22, 2017, for his alleged involvement in the cybercrime case. The police officials, following the complaint, had conducted a raid to arrest Arshad, but he had already obtained a pre-arrest bail.

The Establishment Division suspended Junaid Arshad, a BS-18 police officer on September 22, 2017.