The Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered Asad Umar, Secretary General of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), to be released immediately on Wednesday.
The court was presided over by Justice Miangul Aurangzeb, who deemed his arrest “unlawful” under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance (MPO).
On May 10, Umar was hauled into the prison from the IHC premises under the MPO, a day after nationwide protests against PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s arrest erupted.
During today’s hearing, Justice Miangul Aurangzeb said, “They won’t let you go until you hold a press conference.”
“I have Asad Umar’s cases in front of me. “I don’t know what will happen tomorrow if I issue an order today,” Justice Aurangzeb added.
The court then ordered Umar to provide an affidavit and delete his incendiary tweets.