LAHORE: More than 100 native leaders and workers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have been detained in a “midnight operation” late Wednesday ahead of social gathering supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz’s return to the nation on Friday.
Several UC chairmen, vice chairmen and councilors are amongst these arrested from varied areas of Lahore.
Following the arrests, a big quantity of PML-N workers protested outdoors police stations and key social gathering leaders — Saad Rafique, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Pervaiz Malik — held an emergency press convention at three:30am.
Slamming the arrests of social gathering workers, former railways minister Rafique stated, “There can be a reaction to this taunting but we do not want things to get out of hand and the upcoming polls to become controversial.”
“Our workers want to go to Lahore airport in a peaceable method to welcome the social gathering supremo who’s scheduled to return to Lahore tomorrow (July 13), nonetheless, all of a sudden arrests are being made” he added.
Rafique claimed, “Over 100 of our leaders and workers have already been arrested and orders have been given for the detention of 300 others.”
Demanding the interim Punjab authorities and the caretaker prime minister to “immediately release arrested workers”, the previous railways minister stated his social gathering would announce its subsequent plan of motion ought to the arrested workers not be launched by midday in the present day (Thursday).
Implementation on Nawaz, Maryam’s arrest warrants to be ensured: Chairman NAB
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has stated that the implementation on the arrest warrants of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam needs to be ensured.
Action will probably be taken towards those that attempt to create hurdles, added the chairman of the probe authority.
Earlier sources knowledgeable Geo News that the NAB has organized two helicopters for shifting former premier Nawaz and his daughter to Islamabad, after arresting them upon arrival in nation.
If you’ve gotten braveness, arrest me: Ayaz Sadiq
Further, former National Assembly speaker Sadiq held the interim Punjab chief minister liable for the shock detentions.
“If you have courage, I dare you to arrest me,” the previous NA speaker stated whereas addressing the presser.
“We will complete the mission of going to Lahore airport to receive Nawaz,” Sadiq vowed.
Emergency steps taken to make sure polls peaceable: DIG Lahore
Meanwhile, deputy inspector common (DIG) Lahore Shahzad Akbar stated that “emergency steps” are being taken to make sure that the July 25 polls are held in a peaceable setting following the suicide assault in Peshawar which claimed the lives of 21, together with Awami National Party (ANP) chief Barrister Haroon Bilour.
“The Ministry of Interior prepared a list and division officers were directed to arrest problematic workers of political parties,” DIG Lahore added.
Further, containers have been positioned at Mall Road in an anticipated bid to seal main routes resulting in the airport in order to thwart political rallies on Friday.
Nawaz and Maryam are anticipated to go away London in the present day night and land in Lahore round 6:00pm on Friday (July 13).