Law enforcement agencies have arrested around 1800 rioters involved in violence, damaging of public properties and torture during countrywide protest following Supreme Court’s verdict of Asia Bibi’s acquittal. Earlier government had launched countrywide crackdown against individuals involved in vandalism during protest. Ministry of Interior has launched complaint cell and issued number to identify the rioters through pictures and videos.
In Islamabad, cases have been registered against 700 people, 56 arrested and 26 have been remanded. Orders have also been issued to imprison 19 rioters under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO). According to Islamabad administration, 33 rioters have been identified. In Karachi, cases have been registered in 34 police stations across the city against rioters. In Lahore, eight suspects have been sent on a 14-day physical remand. Further, 70 rioters have been arrested from Sheikhupura.
“In Sheikhupura, the rioters had not only damaged property but clashed and wounded 34 policemen,” Police officials said. Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi has summoned a report from the FIA, National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) regarding the identities of the rioters.
A Citizen also filed petition in Lahore High Court and blamed Punjab government for failing to protect their properties and asked for compensation of their properties damaged during countrywide protest.
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17 November, 2019