File Photo: PTI Vice President Qasim Suri addressing a press conference in Quetta: Photo provided by the author

Staff Reporter:

QUETTA: In a recent development, police conducted a raid at the residence of Qasim Suri, former deputy speaker of the National Assembly (NA), in the Hanna Urak area of Quetta. The raid was carried out after an Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Suri, a central leader of the Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) and former deputy speaker of the NA.

Suri Was Not Present At His Residence

According to police sources, Suri was not present at his residence during the raid, which took place as a consequence of his failure to appear before the court. A senior police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, disclosed that Qasim Suri is wanted in connection with two cases related to events on May 9 in Quetta.

Ali Hassan Advocate, the legal counsel for Qasim Suri, submitted a bail application to the Balochistan High Court (BHC). However, the court rejected the application, signaling a legal setback for the PTI leader.

Police Reluctant To Provide Details: Claims Suri’s Counsel

“Police have been reluctant to provide complete details about the cases registered against Qasim Suri,” expressed Ali Hassan Bugti, the advocate, during a press conference in Quetta on Friday.

The legal proceedings took a noteworthy turn during the hearing of the petition on behalf of Qasim Suri. Mr. Justice Kamran Malakhail, the Balochistan High Court (BHC) Judge, remarked that both the petitioner and his counsel had failed to capitalize on the opportunity provided by the court, underscoring their apparent lack of a robust defense.

Justice Malakhail further emphasized that statements from the Advocate General and Prosecutor General of Balochistan pointed to criminal cases registered against the petitioner. The court observed an attempt to distort facts, with the petitioner purportedly using the pretext of contesting an election without surrendering before any court.

Judge Ordered An Inquiry Against Suri’s Counsel

In response to these developments, Justice Muhammad Kamran Khan Malakhil, addressing the legal petition filed by Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri against the Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan, directed the initiation of an inquiry against Qasim Khan Suri’s lawyer, Muhammad Imran Alvi.

The unfolding events underscore a complex legal battle for Qasim Suri, raising questions about the nature of the cases against him and the strategies employed in his defense.

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