Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry was allegedly arrested by the police in Lahore on Wednesday morning. Party leader Farrukh Habib told Dawn that Chaudhry was detained from his residence.
The arrest came after Chaudhry publicly criticized the government of Pakistan for plotting to arrest the country’s former prime minister and PTI chief Imran Khan.
Dawn added that Chaudhry was booked in Islamabad under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between groups), 506 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statement inciting public riot) and 124-A (treason) of the Pakistan Penal Code. ) was registered under FIR. Police Station Kohsar.
Chaudhry and hundreds of PTI workers had earlier gathered outside Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence in Lahore and claimed to have foiled the government’s plan to arrest the party chief.
The PTI Twitter handle posted videos showing a convoy of police vehicles which the party claimed was being taken away after Chaudhry’s arrest.
Several other PTI leaders have also condemned Chaudhry’s arrest. PTI Sindh President Ali Haider Zaidi condemned the arrest and said that Pakistan has become a lawless state.
“Strongly condemn the arrest of @fawadchaudhry by #ImportedGovernmentNaManzoor. Pakistan has become a victim of lawlessness at the hands of these lawless legislators and corrupt law enforcement officers! All hell bent on driving this country into chaos.” are!” They said.
PTI leaders and activists gathered in large numbers outside Imran Khan’s residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park as rumors of the former Pakistan prime minister’s impending arrest swirled on Wednesday morning.
PTI leader Asad Umar on Twitter urged all party workers to reach Zaman Park. In a tweet, PTI wrote that there are reports that the puppet government will try to arrest Chairman Imran Khan tonight. PTI workers are reaching Zaman Park to protect their leader.
PTI supporters chanted slogans in support of Imran Khan and pledged unwavering loyalty to their leader, even if it means laying down their lives, Geo News reported.
Speaking to reporters in the early hours of Tuesday night, Chaudhry condemned the government’s actions.