LAHORE, Pakistan: The Punjab Police has issued orders to detain seven senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders including former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique.
In an attempt to thwart PML-N’s plans to welcome their supremo and former president Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz who reach Lahore today at around 6pm, the caretaker government has been arresting dozens of PML-N workers since earlier this week. Shehbaz Sharif has called it “pre-poll rigging.”
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According to multiple reports, Inspector General (IG) Punjab Kaleem Imam has written to the Lahore deputy commissioner ordering the detention of seven senior PML-N leaders and one’s house arrest for 30 days. The order states that the detained leaders’ speeches and gatherings may disturb law and order in the city.
Other than Rafique brothers, IG Punjab has ordered to detain Mian Marghoob, Bilal Yasin, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Malik Saiful Malook, and Waheed Alam Khan. PML-N’s Haji Rana Bakhtiar has been ordered to be placed under house arrest.