Sheikh Rashid arrested in overnight raid

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI : Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was arrested by police from his residence in a private housing society in the wee hours of Thursday, Dunya News reported.

His nephew and former MNA Rashid Shafiq has confirmed the arrest of Mr Ahmed by the Islamabad police. He said a heavy contingent reached the residence of the former interior minister and arrested him. He also alleged that police had not informed the family in which case Sheikh Rashid has been taken into custody.

Police have shifted Sheikh Rashid to Abpara Police Station after the arrest where an FIR (First Information Report) was registered against him on complaint of Raja Inayat Rehman, the vice president of PPP’s Rawalpindi division for accusing former president Asif Ali Zardari of plotting the assassination of PTI chief Imran Khan.

Sheikh Rashid also shared his picture on his Twitter account in which he can be seen sitting in the Abpara Police Station, Islamabad in a happy mood and smoking cigar.

Talking to media after the arrest, Sheikh Rashid said that hundreds of police officials barged into his house in the wee hours of Thursday without any warrants and arrested him.

He also alleged that police have beaten his servants and broke the doors and windows of his house. He said that an FIR has also filed against him after arrest. He also alleged that interior minister Rana Sanaullah was behind his arrest.

Imran Khan strongly condemns Sheikh Rashid’s arrest

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Thursday condemned the arrest of Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Dunya News reported.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to strongly condemn AML chief arrest. “Strongly condemn arrest of Sh Rasheed.Never in our history have we had such a biased, vindictive Caretaker govt appt by totally discredited ECP,” he said.

Imran Khan in is tweet also said: “Question is can Pak afford a street movement which we are being pushed towards at a time when we have been bankrupted by Imported Govt?”