ISLAMABAD: Judicial Magistrate on Wednesday granted Bol Tv Co-Chairman Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh into judicial custody, reported Bol News.
The media mogul was presented to the court of Judicial Magistrate Abbas Shah today.
Earlier, a district and sessions court in Islamabad extended physical remand of Bol TV Co-Chairman Shoaib Shaikh by two days until March 15. The court directed the FIA to present him at 12:00 pm Wednesday.
The court also directed authorities to take Shoaib Shaikh to hospital for medical check-up, where it would be decided in consultation with the doctors whether he should be admitted or not. Hence, he was taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad.
Shoaib Shaikh on Monday said he was probably being punished for not terminating some anchorpersons.
During hearing at F-8 district court, Shoaib Shaikh said the judge who accused him had refuted allegations thrice. He said his five years’ transaction was inspected but nothing was found. “Now, I am being targeted for Bol News,” he said adding that he was stopped from giving coverage to Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.
The Axact CEO said he was being punished for standing with the courts. A record was being established by torturing him, he said.
“Judge saab, do justice and end this ridiculous case,” he pleaded.
Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh on Friday has been granted into three-day physical remand.
The judicial magistrate told FIA official that Shaikh has been given into custody, “If anything happens in your custody, you will be responsible.”
The court ordered to present the media mogul again on Monday.
Earlier, Bol TV Co-Chairman Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh was arrested by FIA from Islamabad Airport on Thursday.
Bol TV reported that the TV team went to the airport to receive Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh but he did come out of the airport. Some unidentified persons reportedly detained him and took him away with them.
Talking to Bol TV, Senior anchorperson Sami Ibrahim said that Shoaib Shaikh has been kidnapped from the Islamabad airport by some unknown persons and the management of the Bol TV has no idea about them who were they.
He maintained, “I call it abduction as we are not being told by any agency about whereabouts of Shoaib Shaikh so far.”
Sami Ibrahim said that Shoaib Shaikh had come to Islamabad to appear before the court of law in fabricated cases, adding that he was regularly appearing for hearings of every case despite the facts that all these cases are false.
He said that Shoaib Shaikh and BOL TV are being punished to support Imran Khan, PTI and judiciary and raise the voice against the cruelty of the imported government.
Secretary General of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Rana Azim said that they strongly condemn the arrest of Bol News Co-Chairman Shoaib Shaikh.
He said that the arrest of Shoaib Sheikh is an attack on the freedom of press, adding that preparations are being made to impose restrictions on Bol News under a conspiracy and any kind of restriction on Bol News will not be tolerated.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been surfaced after the kidnap of Shoaib Shaikh and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has confirmed that it has arrested Bol TV Co-Chairman Shoaib Shaikh in an old case, which was registered in 2016 and investigated in 2018. Surprisingly he has been arrested in 2023.
It has been proved that Mr. Shaikh and Bol TV are being victimised for just supporting the independent judiciary and PTI.
Senior Vice President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and former Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that there are reports that Bol Media Group CEO Shoaib Sheikh has been arrested from Islamabad Airport.
He added that this is another attempt to suppress PTI and media. “We strongly condemn it and demand that Shoaib Shaikh be released immediately.”
Former Punjab chief minister and President of the PTI Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has strongly condemned the kidnap of Shoaib Shaikh.
He said that the imported government wanted to suppress the independent voice and media in the country.
PTI Senator Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhry said that he strongly condemns the abduction of Bol News Co-Chairman Shoaib Ahmed Sheikh by unknown persons. The law of the jungle is established and the end of the imported regime is near, he maintained.
PTI Senior leader Hammad Azhar in his tweet strongly condemned the kidnap of Shoaib Shaikh.
Hammad said that this arrest came after the peaceful rally of PTI on Wednesday but brutal police crackdown, the fascist government is in panic.
PTI Sindh President and former Federal Minister Ali Zaidi said that he strongly condemns the kidnapping of Boll News owner Shoaib Sheikh from Islamabad Airport.
The former federal minister said that the fascist government is following the footsteps of the Nazi dictatorship, adding that the voice of the media is being suppressed continuously, and they are pushing Pakistan towards anarchy.
PTI senior leader and renowned lawyer Babar Awan said that the arrest of Bol TV Chairman Shoaib Sheikh is highly condemnable, a serious attack on freedom of expression and freedom of media.
Awan observed that Bol News and Shoaib Sheikh’s crime is to stand up to the truth without fear or danger.
Former interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in his tweet strongly condemned the arrest of Bol owner Shoaib Shaikh from Islamabad airport.
He said that Pakistan is already surrounded by problems, adding that blocking of media channels and arresting owners like this is sad.