LAHORE: Strategic Coordination Special Assistant to Prime Minister Shahbaz Gill on Wednesday faced a volley of slogans against himself and the government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) by PML-N staff at the Lahore Judicial Complex.
Mr. Gill visited the complex to attend the hearing of a defamation case brought against him by a Turkish corporation for the resolution of false charges of collusion and kickbacks in the Lahore Metro Bus service deal. In conjunction with the presence of President Shehbaz Sharif of their party and his son Hamza before an accountability court in the judicial complex, the PML-N staff had already gathered there.
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When workers of the opposition party saw him and began sloganing against him and the administration, Mr Gill went outside the complex along with his lawyers. The staff shouted slogans such as “atta chor, cheeni chor” (the flour and sugar thief) to taunt the special assistant of the prime minister. Gill was pursued by them before he pulled away from the complex.
Mr. Gill said earlier, speaking to the media, that he was not moving back to the United States to resume teaching and will stay in the country to support Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was therefore not scared of those incidents, he added, and would continue to reveal the hypocrisy of the former rulers.
Gill said he stuck to his position against the corporation that sued him in the lawsuit. He asked the business as to why it decided to render the same service at a sum 100 percent smaller than it was awarded to the previous government. He said his lawyers would order the court to summon the company’s account data to find out whether the ‘excessive’ money had been going to Suleman Shehbaz’s account or to someone else.
Mr. Gill later called a press conference at the Governor’s House on the same issue.
Pursuant to Sections 499 and 500 of the Pakistan Penal Code, M/s Platform Turizm Tasimacilik, a subsidiary of the Al-Bayrak Group of Companies, pursued action against the Prime Minister’s special assistant for levying false charges against him.
Judge Zulfiqar Ali of the Additional District and Sessions adjourned the hearing of the case until Jan 16 as Gill’s lawyers filed their power of attorney and requested time to request a reply.