Pakistani authorities launches crackdown against opposition
By The South Asia Times
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan authorities on Wednesday launched crackdown against the country’s largest political party Pakistan Thrik-e- Insaf (PTI) and arrested its key leader from Lahore.
Fawad Chaudhry, a former federal minister and vice president of PTI was arrested from Lahore earlier today morning in connection with his press conference on Tuesday.
According to Islamabad police, Election Commission of Pakistan secretary has registered FIR at Islamabad’s Kohsar police station for “inciting violence against a constitutional institution”
The police registered FIR under sections 153-A (promotion of enmity between groups), 506 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statement conducing to public mischief) and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code at Islamabad’s Kohsar Police Station.
Former PM and Chairman of PTI strongly condemned the arrest of Fawad and said Pakistan become a banana republic.
“Fawad's arrest on his apt description of the CEC leaves no doubt in anyone's mind that Pak has become a banana republic devoid of rule of law. We must stand up for our fundamental rights now to save Pak's drift towards a point of no return,” Khan tweeted.
Meanwhile, Police shifted Fawad to Islamabad despite the Lahore High Court order to produce him before the court.
PTI accused the Punjab and Islamabad police to committed contempt of court while the hearing in said case is expected to resume today evening.