PTI workers, leaders arrested by Rawalpindi police for protesting outside Adiala jail

at 11:32 pm
Picture of PTI workers protesting outside Adiala Jail

Rawalpindi, June 17:  Several workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party along with its leaders were arrested by the Rawalpindi police force after the party members staged a protest outside Adiala jail, where former Prime Minister Imran Khan is being held. The protest saw some violence leading to action against them.

The protesters were accused of violating the law, resisting police, and damaging police uniforms. Six PTI workers, including Aqeel Khan, Malik Bader Farhan, Zubair Hussain, Noman Tariq, Naveed Akhtar, and Maqsood Zafar, were arrested in connection with the incident.

PTI has been holding protests across the country, particularly against the alleged rigging in the general elections held on February 8. The party has been demanding the restoration of their “stolen mandate” and the immediate release of party leaders, including the incarcerated ex-PM.

On March 10, Imran Khan had rallied his party members from jail to hold nationwide protests against what he alleged was the tampering of electoral rolls and total manipulation of the elections overall. This led to PTI workers clashing with the police and vandalising public and private property alike in various cities such as Peshawar, Multan, Quetta, Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi etc.

However, in Punjab, where a PML-N-led coalition government assumed power, these protests have been met with heavy-handed measures, resulting in the detention of scores of PTI workers and leaders.