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Former Senator Faisal Raza Abidi released on bail

The Adiala jail authorities released ex-Senator Faisal Raza Abidi after having received his bail orders issued by the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Mr. Abidi is still facing three cases due to his objections to remarks made in a TV interview.

Mansoor Akbar, Adiala Jail Superintendent, confirmed that Mr Abidi was released.
The Islamabad police had registered an FIR against Mr Abidi for using inappropriate language in a TV interview against the Supreme Court and judges. The FIR was registered under Pakistan Penal Code (PPC)’s sections 228, 500, 505(ii) and 34 along with the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) in response to a complaint lodged by Supreme Court’s Public Relations Officer Shahid Hussain Kambyo.
The Islamabad police had arrested him from outside the Supreme Court building on Oct 10 after the third case was registered against him.
But on Dec 19, the Supreme Court accepted an apology tendered by Mr Abidi but made it clear that the pardon had nothing to do with cases registered against him for defaming the chief justice of Pakistan.

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