The petitioner in his plea had said that he was deployed for coverage at the Islamabad High Court when Mr. Masood, after hurling some harsh words, snatched his cellphone. The incident had occurred a few weeks ago.

While hearing the plea today, the court issued arrest warrants for the TV anchor. The court also rejected pre-arrest bail request filed by Mr. Masood.

The journalist whose cellphone was snatched by Shahid Masood had also filed a case at Ramna Police Station in the capital city.

He contended in his FIR that Mr. Masood snatched his phone and deleted all data he had recorded during the coverage.

“Shahid Masood threatened me and warned me of dire consequences,” claimed the petitioner.

On September 14, a court in Islamabad had directed police to arrest Dr. Shahid Masood and produce him in court in the PTV corruption case.

The court had rejected a bail petition of television anchorperson in a case pertaining to the alleged financial irregularities in the state-owned PTV.