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Five more opposition leaders detained in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Nov 21 (KUNA)-- The police has detained Friday five more
opposition leaders of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) led by former exiled
Premier Mian Nawaz Sharief, while further arrests are expected soon.
Earlier, President of Alliance for restoration of Democracy (ARD) and
Acting President PML (N), Makhdom Javed Hashmi, was arrested from
Parliamentarian lodges for denigrating the government and abetting riot.
The arrests have been made in the wake of making offensive speeches against
the government for arresting ARD chief, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, disrupting
peace and leveling allegations against President General Pervez Musharraf and
The police with the help of Securities Agencies raided a number of houses
and offices of PML-N leaders on late Thursday and rounded up in detaining
PML-N leader Khalid Saeed Gill, former Members of National Assembly (MNA)
Chaudhry Sher Ali, Mian Abdul Mannan, his son Mian Muhammad Irfan and a local
Union Council Nazim Khawaja Ijaz Ahmed Munna were arrested from their
residences in eastern Faisalabad city, police sources said Friday.
The sources told KUNA that the police teams also raided the house of PML-N
Faislabad city President and former Parliamentarian Member (MPA) Khawaja
Muhammad Islam but he managed to escape. They said further raids were also conducted on the houses and
offices of deputy opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly and scores of other
party activists and leaders.
The operation against the local PML-N leaders is continued for staging
unlawful demonstrations against the government and further arrests are
expected soon, the sources revealed to KUNA.
They said a formal case had already been registered against PML-N Punjab
president Zulfiqar Khosa and other 'top guns', adding that crackdown against
them would also be launched as soon as the instructions in this regard are
sought from senior provincial authorities. (end)
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