Arrest awaits Sharifs Over 300 PML-N workers held, crackdown continues



More than 300 workers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz were arrested in Lahore as the party is making preparations to receive the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz who are scheduled to arrive today (Friday).

Police initiated a crackdown late Thursday night in the provincial metropolis and raided PML-N offices in different locations of the city. Several local leaders of the party were arrested.

The arrested PML-N workers include Faisal Town Peace Committee Chairman Aaisher Jatt, Kahna party Vice Chairman Mohammad Shafqat, UC-98 Chairman Muzamal Gujjar, UC-78 Chairman Syed Aamir Shah Gulshan-e-Ravi, UC-48 Chairman Chaudhry Mohammad Ali Gujjar and UC-59 Chairman Bao Mohammad Rafique.
Besides, Ferozewala UC-2 Chairman Sheikh Kashif, UC-4 Sajjad Chohan, and Chairman PML-N Jauhar Town Malik Nisar Ahmad Khokhar were also arrested.
Police also raided the office of UC–33 Yaki Gate Vice Chairman Ahmad Rashid Butt. The crackdown is continued in the city for further arrests. PML-N workers blocked main roads in the city and protested against the arrests.

Lahore Police DIG Operations, Shahzad Akbar told media that no political party will be allowed to take law into its hands and in case of any violation of the election code of conduct, action will be taken sans any discrimination. He added that strict orders have been issued for the house arrest of elements disturbing the law and order situation.
DIG Akbar further said that Punjab Home Department has prepared the lists for the house arrest of over 300 PML-N workers.
The National Assembly former speaker Ayaz Sadiq in a statement said that caretaker government should stop the arrest of PML-N workers as it will create a law and order situation in the city. He further said that Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Hassan Askari is responsible for all actions.
He added that it is beyond comprehension who has advised the government for the crackdown on PML-N workers.
He also demanded that the arrested workers should be set free.
PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the wave of arrests is continued across the city and hundreds of party workers have been arrested.

The PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif is expected to lead a rally to Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport to welcome Nawaz and Maryam who will arrive at the airport from London.

PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb had said that the party will give a historic welcome to the father-daughter duo in a peaceful rally on July 13.

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