Islamabad Police Detain Sheikh Rashid In A Late-Night Raid
February 2, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the head of the Awami Muslim League (AML) and a supporter of the PTI, was taken into custody by Islamabad police early on Thursday.
Ahmed was detained in relation to comments he is accused of making against former president Asif Ali Zardari, in which he reportedly accused him of organizing a “death conspiracy to kill PTI head Imran Khan.”
His nephew Sheikh Rashid Shafique confirmed the event to Geo News, saying that the AML leader was taken into custody from his residence in an exclusive community in Islamabad.
The senior politician was detained as a result of a police complaint made by Raja Inayat-ur-Rehman, the vice chairman of the PPP’s Rawalpindi Division. In it, he claimed that the AML chief had claimed that PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari had received help from a terrorist to kill Imran Khan in a television interview on January 27.
Imran Khan, the leader of the PTI, said in a broadcast address on January 27 that Zardari was behind a new murder plot, or “plan C,” and that a terror organization had been hired for the purpose. He didn’t provide any supporting details for his charge.
Ahmed said that between 300 and 400 police officers stormed into his home, assaulted household helpers, and forcibly removed him.
He said that some [staff members] broke into his home using ladders. He continued by saying that, despite receiving relief from the Islamabad High Court, he had been detained.
The head of AML pledged to take his arrest to court.
He had earlier shared a picture of himself grinning at the Aabpara Police Station on Twitter.
Ahmed said that as the police were trying to arrest him, they looted his home and beat his domestic workers in a video message published by the PTI on its official Twitter account.
He asserted that his attorney Mian Tahir had obtained his release on bail and continued by saying that Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah was responsible for the event.
The AML chairman announced, “The IG has been summoned on Feb. 6,” adding, “justice will prevail and we are with Imran Khan.”
The PTI chairman criticized the action in response to the arrest. Never before in our history have we had a caretaker administration that is so prejudiced and vengeful, selected by the completely discredited ECP. Is Pakistan financially capable of supporting the street movement that we are being pressured to start at a time when our country has been bankrupted by foreign governments? he tweeted.
According to the FIR that was filed against the AML commander, Ahmed’s comment was made as part of a plot to malign the former president and pose a long-term threat to his family.
“He wants to destabilize the peace of the nation by inciting animosity and war between the PPP and PTI with this invented and false plot,” it said.
Ahmed had been asked by the Islamabad Police to appear before it today in relation to the matter yesterday. The notification was, however, put on hold by the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) shut the two flats of the Ahmed’s Lal Haveli house in Rawalpindi and five surrounding units earlier this week due to “illegal possession.”
Ahmed then protested the action by filing a case with the Lahore High Court, claiming that the ETPB employees were “misusing their authority at the directives of political high-ups.” Admitting his argument, the LHC instructed the board to resolve the ownership of the property within 15 days and reprimanded the ETPB for its confusing position.
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