ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday admitted a petition for regular hearing in which the petitioner had challenged his detention by the federal capital police under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

In the petition, Muhammad Bashir has challenged his detention and alleged that police arrested him by declaring him a worker of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).

A single bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice of IHC Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi will take up the petition on August 18 (Monday).

The petitioner moved the court through his counsel Haroon Rashid Advocate. The counsel informed The Nation that his client Muhammad Bashir is a resident of Tarlai area of Islamabad. He said that on August 13, his client gave a lift to two cops to Shehzad Town police station. After the petitioner arrived there, the cops took him inside the police station insisting him to have some tea with them. Later they booked Bashir under MPO and put him under illegal detention.

Advocate Haroon informed that the petitioner has no concern with any political party but police booked him under MPO just to prove their ‘efficiency’. The counsel said that police were telling Bashir’s family that they would release him but at the moment they had not released him.