IHC summons KPK chief minister in weapons and alcohol possession case.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued a directive for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur to personally appear before the court on May 20 regarding allegations involving the possession of weapons and alcohol.

During a recent hearing overseen by Judicial Magistrate Sohaib Bilal of the Islamabad district and session court, the court provided a questionnaire containing nine inquiries to Ali Gandapur’s legal representative, Zahoorul Hassan.

The questionnaire seeks responses from the accused on various aspects of the case, including his awareness of the presented evidence and arguments by the prosecution. Additionally, inquiries were made about his alleged involvement in a gathering that purportedly breached orders issued by the district magistrate on October 30, 2016.

Further, the court sought clarification on an incident where Gandapur reportedly absconded into a forest from his car, which was subsequently seized by the police.

The questionnaire also delves into the recovery of illegal arms, a liquor bottle, and an individual identified as Allah Nawaz, who was reportedly found in possession of an unlicensed gun while wearing a bulletproof jacket in Gandapur’s car.

Reference was made to a report from the Punjab Forensic Science Agency confirming the presence of alcohol in the bottle recovered from Gandapur’s vehicle.

Moreover, the court inquired about the filing of charges against Gandapur and the testimony provided by prosecution witnesses, providing the accused with the opportunity to present a defense under Section 340.

The case hearing has been adjourned until May 20 to allow Gandapur to respond to the questionnaire, with a mandate for him to appear in person before the court on that date.