LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Sanam Javaid Khan on Monday in a case pertaining to arson on a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) office, was arrested by the investigation police in a different case.
According to the police, the case against Sanam was registered in the Shadman Police Station of Lahore on charges of arson during the May 9 riots, which were triggered last year following the arrest of PTI founder Imran Khan in a graft case.
The PTI politician, who was earlier popular as a social media activist of the party, will now be transferred to the Shadman police station.
Earlier today, the court announced its reserved verdict after the completion of arguments by counsels following a bail plea filed by Sanam against the case registered by the Model Town police for burning the Shehbaz Sharif-led party’s office.
PTI’s incarcerated candidate announced to compete in the upcoming February 8 polls against PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz and former National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq from Lahore. On December 19, she submitted her nomination papers to contest polls for a provincial assembly seat, PP-150. She also announced to contest polls on two National Assembly seats, NA-120 and NA-119.
She will be up against Maryam for NA-119 and PP-150, and against Sadiq for NA-120.
However, her papers were rejected by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) — a decision she challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) Appellate Tribunal against the returning officer (RO). But the tribunal upheld the RO’s decision to reject Sanam’s nomination papers for all the seats.
The PTI politician then filed an appeal in the Supreme Court, which was approved allowing Sanam including other PTI leaders such as Parvez Elahi and Shuakat Basra to also contest polls.
Following the SC verdict, announced last Friday, she has been allowed to contest polls from NA-119, NA-120, and PP-150.
Sanam is among dozens of PTI workers and leaders who are in custody for over eight months in connection with the May 9 riots that broke out following the arrest of PTI founder Imran Khan in a graft case.
She was booked in multiple cases including an attack on the Corps Commander House in Lahore and torching of police vehicles in the Cantonment area during the violent protests last year.
FIR registered against PTI workers
In Karachi, the police on Monday registered a first information report (FIR) against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders after they clashed with the law enforcement officials in Karachi’s Teen Talwar during a rally.
The development came after PTI leaders held a rally in the port city ahead of the much-awaited general elections slated for February 8. The police officials claimed that no permission was sought by the party to hold its rally as required by the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) code of conduct.
The clashes occurred as the police resorted to baton charges, aerial firing, and the use of tear gas to disperse the party workers, including women, who had gathered at the busy interchange.
The clashes, which resulted in several arrests, also saw media personnel, including a Geo News cameraman suffering injuries due to the clashes between party workers and the police.
As per Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Asad Raza, at least seven officers, including Boat Basin SHO, suffered injuries after PTI workers attacked the police.
The FIR has been filed at the Frere Town Police Station on the government’s complaint. It includes various provisions including riot, vandalism, attempted murder and terrorism.
According to the FIR, party leaders Khurram Sher Zaman, Faheem Khan, Saeed Afridi and Adeel Ahmed have been named in the case.
“The leaders provoked the workers after which they attacked the police party present at the spot,” said the FIR, adding that the PTI leadership and workers spread fear in the area.
The FIR added that a lady constable and eight policemen including two station house officers (SHOs) were injured during the clashes. Workers from different areas of the city gathered at Teen Talwar in the form of rallies. It also mentioned that the PTI workers did not have legal permission to hold the rally.