Over 500 workers and leaders of Imran Khan`s party arrested in Punjab province

Pak court summons top official in case related to Hindu religious site

other 280 workers of Imran KhanPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been arrested during the last two days, taking the total number of arrests to 500, as the party continues its “Jail Bharo Tehreek” (court arrest agitation) in Punjab province.

According to police 130 PTI worker More leaders have been arrested from Gujranwala and another 150 from Sargodha in Punjab.

According to the police, over 500 PTI workers, mostly from Punjab, have been arrested so far as part of the agitation launched from Lahore on February 22.
On Tuesday, a large number of PTI workers gathered at the court in Sahiwal city, about 200 km from Lahore, to face arrest.

The caretaker Punjab government has said that the arrested PTI workers and leaders have been sent to different jails in the state for 30 days under the Public Maintenance Order.

PTI says it has launched “Jail Bharo Tehreek” over the violation of fundamental rights, misuse of the constitution and economic slowdown in the country.

The party has said that a few hundred PTI workers and leaders will appear for arrest every day from different cities until the movement succeeds in its objective.

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Meanwhile, on PTI’s plea for ‘recovery’ of senior party leaders arrested in connection with ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’, the Punjab government told the Lahore High Court (LHC) that they have been lodged in various jails across the country . province for 30 days.

“PTI Vice President and former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Attock Jail, PTI General Secretary Asad Umar in Rajanpur, Former Punjab Governor Umar Sarfaraz Cheema in Bhakkar, Senator Walid Iqbal in Layyah, Senator Azam Swati in Rahim Yar Khan I have detained and ex-Punjab minister in Murad Ras,” said the law officer of the Punjab government.

Fearing that the country’s intelligence agencies may torture them at an undisclosed location, PTI last week demanded the ‘recovery’ of senior party leaders from the LHC, which had courted arrest.

PTI chief and ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his party launched the “Jail Bharo Campaign” for “Hakiki Azaadi” (real freedom) for two main reasons – “One, it is a peaceful, non-violent protest against the attack ” our constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights and second, the party is facing fake FIRs and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases, custodial torture and attacks on journalists by the present government.

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