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LHC moved for Sheikh Rasheed’s arrest

LAHORE:A petition was filed in the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on Monday, challenging the arrest of Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, his nephew Sheikh Shakir and servants.

Making the federation of Pakistan, the government of Punjab, IG Punjab, and others as respondents, Sheikh Aamer Shafiq, Rasheed’s nephew, in his petition, argued that police personnel whisked away the veteran politician and others without any arrest warrants and shifted them to an undisclosed location where they had been kept in illegal confinemen.

He further said that despite repeated contacts with the police, the latter were not providing information about the detainees. “An interesting thing is that those picked up by the police neither had any case registered against them nor were they wanted in connection with any investigation,” read the petition.

It was further stated that Shakir had nothing to do with politics. “He is a trader. But still he was picked up,” read the petition. Furthermore, the petitioner said that this act by the police was a violation of articles 4, 9, 10, 15 and 14-A of the constitution.

It was prayed to the court to order the police to produce detainees in the court and set them free. Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed was arrested by Islamabad police on Sunday evening.

According to his lawyer Sardar Raziq Khan, “Men clad in plain clothes arrested Rashid from his residence, claiming that the former interior minister had been moved to an “undisclosed location”.