ISLAMABAD: Police raided a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) youth convention in the federal capital on Thursday and prevented the senior party leaders including Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Asad Umar from addressing the meeting.
Speaking to media representatives, Qureshi said the party’s workers including women were attacked by the police, who he claimed openly used batons to disperse the participants. A large number of young PTI workers had been arrested by the Islamabad police, he added.
The area was later cordoned off by the police.
It may be mentioned that the government, which is under severe pressure from PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s call of ‘Islamabad Lockdown’ protest, has imposed section 144 banning all political meetings, rallies and protests in the federal capital.
The ban will remain in force for at least two months, said the federal ministry of interior in a statement issued earlier today.
The PTI chief had threatened to lockdown Islamabad in a bid to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down over the Panama Papers leak.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) had published a fraction of the data leaked under the Panama Papers investigation, naming about 640 Pakistanis as beneficiaries of offshore holdings in April this year.
Prime Minister Sharif’s family members including his sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, and daughter Maryam Nawaz were also mentioned in the leak.
hearing on the scandal on November 1.