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Pro-Imran Khan Rallies: PTI Leaders and Activists Face Nationwide Legal Action

Two separate cases have been filed against senior leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Rawalpindi and Islamabad for organizing rallies in support of PTI Founder Imran Khan. Additionally, a notification was issued for the 15-day detention of four PTI leaders.

In Rawalpindi, a case was registered at the Saddar Bairuni police station against a PTI Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) and other workers based on a complaint by Sub-Inspector Imtiaz Hussain. The case includes Sections 3 and 6 of the Punjab Sound System Regulation Act 2015. According to the First Information Report (FIR), the suspects gathered a large crowd at Jorian Chowk, violating the law, and delivered speeches through loudspeakers. They blocked the road, disrupting traffic and citizen movement. The FIR also alleges that Khawar Shehzad and Allah Deen engaged in a scuffle with Constable Shehzad, tearing his uniform, and that Chaudhry Nazir delivered a provocative speech. Chaudhry Nazir, Khawar Shahzad, and Allah Deen were arrested on the spot, while 25 others, including Usman Tiger, Mehtab, Raja Ishtiaq, and Raja Haider Mehdi, fled.

In Islamabad, another case was filed at the Bani Gala police station on the complaint of SHO Nawazish Ali. The case states that approximately 35 individuals, led by PTI leaders Shoaib Shaheen, Amir Mughal, and Alamgir Khan, took out a motorcycle rally from a private housing society. The case, registered under nine provisions including terrorism, alleges violations of Section 144 and assault on police personnel. Protesters reportedly pelted stones at a police vehicle, breaking its windows. Eleven protesters were arrested, while others escaped.

Additional cases against PTI supporters and leaders have been registered across various cities for organizing rallies and protests demanding Imran Khan’s release, as authorities enforce restrictions under various legal provisions, including Section 144.

In Burewala, Model Town Police arrested three PTI workers following a rally. A case was filed against 12 named individuals and 25 unidentified workers under Section 16 MPO and other provisions. Many PTI officials and workers are reportedly hiding to avoid arrest.

In Kot Addu, a protest rally led to the arrest of a PTI worker after a case was filed against 49 individuals, including 39 named workers, for allegedly taking money and service cards from a police constable’s pocket.

In Ahmedpur East, police action after a PTI protest resulted in two cases being filed against 28 individuals, with nine arrests. The cases were registered at Chanigoth and City police stations, citing violations of Section 144.

In Kalabagh, Dawoodkhel police station registered a case against 32 PTI activists, including MNA Jamal Ahsan Khan, Barrister Umair Khan Niazi, and MPA Aminullah Khan, for participating in a rally. Charges include violations of the Sound System Act and making anti-government speeches.

In Mianwali, a case was registered against participants of a PTI rally in Daudkhel, including MNA Jamal Ahsan Khan and 32 activists, listing eight provisions including violations of the Sound System Act and anti-government speeches.

In Jhang, an FIR was filed against MNA Sheikh Waqas Akram and others for organizing a protest meeting and rally, naming Faisal Kalwana, Usman, Faizan, Faisal Nazir, and Shahid Nazir. No arrests have been reported yet.

In Chichawatni, a case was filed against PTI workers for violating Section 144 by holding a rally on Railway Road in front of Rai House, naming eleven PTI workers in the case.

In Chiniot, PTI leaders including Mehr Khalid, District General Secretary, and District President Women’s Wing Aqsi Hayat Lali, were named in a case registered under 16 MPO, Section 183, and 341 of the Penal Code. The case alleges that PTI leaders and workers blocked Chiniot Jhang Road during a protest and raised slogans against the government.

In Gojra, a case was registered against MNA Osama Hamza, MPA Asad Zaman Cheema, and MPA Ahsan Ehsan, along with 28 named and 12 unknown individuals, for violating Section 144 by holding a rally. Several lawyers, including Advocate Waqas Khan Mahota, were also named in the FIR.

In Faisalabad, a case was registered against 30 people, including local PTI leaders, for holding a rally and assembly in violation of Section 144. The accused gathered on Sea Road and attempted to resist arrest.

Meanwhile, detention orders have been issued for four PTI leaders for 15 days. Deputy Commissioner Hasan Waqar Cheema issued the detention orders under Section 3 MPO for Shehryar Riaz, Col (retd) Ajmal Sabir, Chaudhry Ameer Afzal, and Taimur Masood Akbar, directing their arrest and detention in Adiala Jail.

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