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PTI: Fawad ‘picked up’ over criticism of ‘puppet’ ECP boss

— Arrest comes after former minister accused election tribunal of deferring to military, warn ‘these going after PTI’ of Article 6 proceedings

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Fawad Chaudhry, senior vice chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), was offered earlier than a decide in Lahore hours after he was “picked up” from outdoors his residence within the predawn hours of Wednesday, in accordance with the opposition occasion.

The “unlawful” arrest was carried out by unidentified people in 4 Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicles with out license plates, mentioned Chaudhry’s brother, Faisal Chaudhry, who added the household has but to be told of the costs or location of the arrestee.

Faisal himself was arrested hours later, the opposition occasion mentioned.

The previous minister’s arrest comes hours after a First Info Report (FIR) was registered towards him within the Kohsar police station in Islamabad, on the criticism of the secretary of the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP), Umar Hameed.

Based on the criticism, Chaudhry made derogatory remarks concerning the fee, likening it to a munshi (secretary) and suggesting that it follows orders from higher-ups, a reference to the navy.

It additional claims that Chaudhry, in a speech outdoors former prime minister Imran Khan’s home, threatened the tribunal saying that “those that change into a part of the caretaker authorities [in Punjab] will probably be pursued till they’re punished.”

The FIR cites sections 153-A (promotion of enmity between teams), 506 (prison intimidation), 505 (assertion conducing to public mischief) and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The Islamabad police later acknowledged in a tweet that Chaudhry tried to “incite violence towards a constitutional establishment” and “inflame the feelings of the folks”.

The police additional acknowledged that the case will probably be processed as per the regulation.


Within the courtroom, the investigating officer requested that the courtroom grant transit remand for Chaudhry to the Islamabad police.

Chaudhry, a former Supreme Court docket lawyer himself, nevertheless, requested a duplicate of the criticism filed towards him and acknowledged that he was pleased with the costs towards him, evaluating them to these confronted by Nelson Mandela.

He additionally expressed disappointment on the manner he was arrested, saying that he would have come to courtroom voluntarily if he had been contacted.

He additionally defended his earlier feedback towards the top of the election fee, stating that “your complete nation is saying the identical.”

Individually, in a fiery video message posted to the PTI’s Twitter account, Chaudhry declared that if talking out towards the federal government is taken into account revolt, then your complete nation ought to stand up.

He emphasised that the costs of contempt towards the ECP have been an try to silence criticism and known as on the folks of Pakistan to face in solidarity with the occasion.

The previous minister mentioned that true revolt is an obligation, and that each one 220 million folks of Pakistan ought to come collectively to vary the system for the betterment of future generations. He additionally declared that the PTI, led by Khan, is keen to go to jail for the rights of the folks, and that the trials they face are nothing however mere trinkets on the trail to victory.

He urged the nation to affix them within the battle for change.

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