Mufti Qavi flees court but nabbed

Mufti Abdul Qavi fled the scene for dismissing his bail plea

Mufti Abdul Qavi today appeared before the sessions court in Multan in Punjab province, some 350-km from Lahore, to seek extension to his bail in the Qandeel murder case.

Mufti Qavi, a suspect in model Qandeel Baloch murder case, was shifted to Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi Institute of Cardiology (CPEIC) here on Thursday evening for check-up.

But on Wednesday, the judge rejected Qavi's request for an extension in his pre-arrest bail after lawyers, representing both the parties, presented their case.

Mufti Qavi managed to flee the court but later in the day was arrested on the highway from Multan to Jhang. On Wednesday, court rejected his bail plea and issued an arrest warrant against him after which he fled from the scene.

Later, Multan's city police officer (CPO) also suspended Sub-Inspector Noor Akbar of a Muzzafarabad police station on charges of assisting Qavi in his "escape" and defective investigation into the murder. Cantonment Super-intendent of Police (SP) Dr Fahad said that Mufti Qavi was taken into custody while travelling to Jhang near Muzaffargarh.

"We will accept whatever decision the judiciary announces", he had said at the time. According to the police, Qavi faces charges of inciting Qandeel's brother to murder her. Though, the suspect has denied any involvement in the case multiple times.

Soon after the non-bailable warrants were issued, the counsel for Mufti Qavi had filed a pre-arrest bail application, which the judge had granted against a surety bond of Rs100,000.

Qavi's membership from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was suspended due to the controversy surrounding the selfies he posed for with Qandeel Baloch.

Baloch's mother told reporters that she believed Qavi advised Waseem to kill her daughter following the murder in July 2016.

Prior to her death, Qandeel spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the interior ministry to provide her with security.

The "honour-killing" of Qandeel Baloch had sent shockwaves across the country and triggered an outpouring of grief on social media.

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