Pakistan

AML chief Sheikh Rashid ‘arrested from Murree Motorway’

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: In a major development, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed — a close aide of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan — was arrested from Murree Motorway in the early hours of Thursday, police confirmed.

The FIR registered against Sheikh Rashid at the Aabpara Police Station in Islamabad. — Photo by authors
The FIR registered against Sheikh Rashid at the Aabpara Police Station in Islamabad. — Photo by authors
The former interior minister and his nephew, Sheikh Rashid Shafiq, however, contradicted the police’s version and said that the authorities took him into custody from his house in Rawalpindi and not the motorway.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Rawalpindi Division President Raja Inayat Ur Rehman had filed a case against Rashid in Islamabad’s Aabpara Police Station for alleging that former president Asif Ali Zardari was hatching a plot to assassinate the PTI chief.

The PTI chairman had in January alleged that Zardari was hatching as well as financing an assassination plot against him for which the ex-president had hired “terrorists”.

“…there’s a Plan C. Asif Zardari is behind it. He has amassed a lot of money through corruption and he has invested that money in terrorists and hired a militant organisation,” the PTI chief had alleged. However, the PPP strongly denied the claim and served a legal notice to Khan.

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