Shahbaz Sharif 's son-in-law arrested over bakery assault charges

Lahore: Pakistan's Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's son-in-law Ali Imran Yousuf was arrested over a bakery employee's assault by his security guards and remanded to judicial custody for a fortnight by a court on Thursday.

Amidst tight security, Yousuf was produced in the court of a judicial magistrate this morning after spending the night in police custody.

During a brief hearing, the investigation officer told the judge that Yousuf should be remanded to judicial custody to facilitate the investigation.

The judge accepted the police officer's request and remanded him to judicial custody for 14 days.

He put off the hearing of a bail application filed by Yousuf's lawyer till tomorrow.

Yousuf was arrested after he surrendered at a police station in the posh Defence neighbourhood last night following Sharif's direction to authorities to include him in an investigation into the assault of an employee of a bakery by policemen assigned to guard the Chief Minister's daughter and son-in-law.

Sharif told officials to act against his son-in-law amidst growing pressure from the media and calls from several political parties for Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to take notice of the incident.

Footage from the bakery's CCTV cameras aired by TV news channels showed Yousuf's wife Rabia Imran threatening the worker of the bakery after he refused to serve her as the shop was closed.

Rabia's private security guards and police commandos were also filmed by the CCTV cameras assaulting the bakery's employee.

The incident had occurred on October 7 but became public only a few days ago. According to the police, Yousuf was charged under Section 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code, which covers the abetment of a criminal act.

Sharif said in a statement: "I strongly believed in the rule of law throughout my life and in my capacity as Chief Minister of Punjab, I consider myself answerable to Allah Almighty and the people of the province."

The Chief Minister also held a meeting with his media managers yesterday to identify those who had leaked the incident to the media, sources said.

In a related development, a judicial magistrate has granted bail to seven Elite Police Force personnel and a private bodyguard involved in the incident.