ISLAMABAD: Police on Tuesday reportedly started raiding Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) office-bearers’ houses in Rawalpindi and Islamabad to arrest them in order to stop them from taking part in the ‘Azadi March’.
Local news channels reported that the police have prepared a list of more than 300 PTI leaders and workers from the twin cities who would be targeted by law enforcers.
According to a report, the police raided the house of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf sector in-charge Raja Mohsin Ali in Sector I10 in the evening to arrest him. Raja Mohsin confirmed to the channel that the police had raided his house, and said he had gone underground, as there were rumours regarding the possible arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders and workers.
According another report, the police would be detaining and putting under house arrest a number of PTI office-bearers and workers in the twin cities from tomorrow (Thursday).
Earlier, Online news agency reported that the PTI had directed all its provincial members, office-bearers and active workers to go underground as they were likely to be arrested.
Sources revealed that the directives had been issued by PTI Secretary General Arif Abbassi. According to the news agency, six MPA’s and eight ticket holders had been directed not to stay at their homes.
It was also told that the police have formulated a plan to arrest 35 senior members of the PTI in Rawalpindi; therefore the regional president, secretary general and other central office-bearers of Rawalpindi had been directed to go underground to escape arrests.
Moreover, nine presidents and nine secretaries general of Rawal Town had also been directed to stay out of their houses.
Sources told Online that the government was also concentrating seriously on the idea to house arrest the senior leadership of Tehreek-e-Insaf, while the PTI had also formulated a plan to cope with such a situation.
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