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LHC Orders To Release Arrested Workers of PML-N

Lahore(July 13, 2018): The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered the release of arrested PML-N workers by 2 pm today.

Hearing a PML-N petition against the arrests today, Justice Anwarul Haq inquired the Punjab Home Secretary and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Dr Syed Kaleem Imam if they had a list of the detained individuals.

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The home secretary responded by saying that 141 individuals had been arrested. The court then ordered the home department to immediately present the list of the detained individuals.

“Any actions that disturb the system should not be taken,” the court noted.
The IGP then informed the court that the arrests were made on account of terrorists.

Arrests of PML N Workers is Naked Pre-poll Rigging: Shehbaz

Addressing a presser in Lahore on Thursday in Lahore alongside former railways minister Saad Rafique and former National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday slammed the caretaker government set-up following arrests of more than 100 workers from Lahore ahead of party supremo Nawaz Sharif’s return and warned that the administration and police officer would be held accountable for the excesses meted out to his party workers.

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Shehbaz Sharif said that hundreds of PML-N workers have been arrested across Punjab, who were planning to welcome Party Supreme Leader, Nawaz Sharif.

“Time doesn’t stand still, it will change,” he said.

“I ask police and administration to stop the oppression and excesses. We will bring you to justice if the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz comes into power”.He added that PML-N will warmly welcome Nawaz Sharif and his daughter tomorrow, preparations are underway in full swing.

“Arrests of workers is naked pre-poll rigging,”

“The whole world knows PML-N is being targetted,” he added.Doors of workers’ houses were broken down and they were arrested last night, the former Punjab chief minister shared while adding that around 300 workers were also arrested from Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

“No logic can defend the 30-day detention of our workers,” Shehbaz upheld.

Demanding that workers be released immediately, the former Punjab chief minister said, “Our protest will be peaceful.”

Urging the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice, the PML-N president said, “By the time our workers are released polls will be over.”Shehbaz also warned police officials against arresting his workers. “Know that time never remains the same and after we win the polls, we will hold you accountable on July 26,” he said.

Crackdown Against PML-N Workers:

Ahead of party supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz’s return to the country, over 100 PML-N local leaders and workers were detained in a “midnight operation” late Wednesday.

Several UC chairmen, vice chairmen and councillors were among those arrested from various areas of Lahore.

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Further, containers have been placed at Mall Road in an expected bid to seal major routes leading to the airport in order to thwart political rallies on Friday.

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