- PTI chief Haleem Adil Sheikh arrested after clashes happen throughout PS-88 polling
- At the moment being held at Particular Investigation Unit in Saddar
- Sheikh named in two instances over costs of disrupting an anti-encroachment drive earlier this month
- One other case to be registered ont he grievance of the federal government after right this moment’s incident
KARACHI: PTI chief Haleem Adil Sheikh has been arrested, Senior Superintendent of Police Malir Irfan Bahadur mentioned on Tuesday, as clashes came about amid polling within the metropolis’s PS-88 constituency.
In keeping with Geo Information correspondent Talha Hashmi, two instances had been registered towards Sheikh on the Gadap and Memon Goth police stations for disrupting an anti-encroachment drive carried out at his farmhouse on February 6.
He’s at the moment being held on the Particular Investigation Unit in Saddar, police knowledgeable Geo Information, later within the night.
On the time of the arrest earlier within the day, riot police had been stationed outdoors the SSP’s workplace. Water cannons and extra troops had been additionally on the able to cope with any protests. All of the police personnel got anti-riot gear.
At one level, Sheikh tried to exit the SSP’s workplace, the place he was introduced after being escorted out of the constituency, however his departure was prevented by police personnel.
Sheikh vows ‘payback’
A video assertion of Sheikh was launched following his arrest.
“I have been informed by the SSP Malir that I have been arrested,” he mentioned.
“As Leader of the Opposition, I should have been given security,” Sheikh mentioned, including that safety was withdrawn “on the orders of Zardari and Bilawal”.
He mentioned that he was not current within the constituency however his staff had been “attacked”.
“When I got there, I too, was attacked,” he alleged, including that his guards resorted to aerial firing to disperse the “attackers”.
“They harassed me to influence the election,” Sheikh claimed, with out naming anybody.
He additional claimed that the get together staff had been forcibly faraway from the polling stations and shoved round.
“The PPP have tried to take over the election via an elaborate plot,” he alleged.
“I will not let go of this easily. There will be payback for every move,” Sheikh mentioned.
The PTI chief mentioned that he was taken away from the constituency however was not allowed to depart the SP police’s workplace. He additionally mentioned that his guards had been taken into police custody.
Arrest refuted earlier
Conflicting reviews had emerged of the arrest, with the transfer earlier denied by the DIG East.
On the orders of the Election Fee of Pakistan, Sindh Police had escorted Sheikh out of the PS-88 constituency as clashes broke out between PTI and PPP get together staff.
“Haleem Adil Sheikh is being removed from the constituency on the orders of the Election Commission,” mentioned DIG East Muhammad Nouman Siddiqui, insisting that the PTI chief was not arrested.
He added that the Opposition chief within the Sindh Meeting has been taken to the SSP Malir’s workplace.
ECP tells police to take Sheikh away
The police was performing on the orders of the ECP, after the latter had despatched written orders to take away Sheikh from the constituency.
The order was written by the Regional Election Commissioner Nadeem Haider and was despatched to SP Malir.
In a separate letter to SSP Malir, Haider informed the police to guarantee that no elected consultant is within the constituency.
He added that if any elected consultant is discovered then she or he needs to be kicked out.
Earlier, the PPP had complained to the chief election commissioner alleging that the PTI chief was harassing voters within the constituency together with armed males.
PPP chief Saeed Ghani in a media briefing accused Sheikh of going across the constituency amid polling accompanied by armed males and firing pictures within the air. He mentioned video proof is offered to assist this.
A letter written by PPP chief Taj Haider had demanded the ECP direct the police to take away Sheikh and the armed males. He had additionally claimed within the letter that the PTI chief was providing Ehsaas programme playing cards to the voters.
By-polls in Karachi’s PS-88
Polling came about right this moment for by-election on the Provincial Meeting constituency, PS-88 Malir II (Karachi).
The polling begun at 8am and continued until 5pm.
There are a complete of 145,627 registered voters within the constituency; of complete 81,425 are male voters and 64,202 feminine voters.
Strict safety measures had been taken to regulate legislation and order scenario within the metropolis.
The seat fell vacant after Ghulam Murtaza Baloch, the minister for human settlement, died of COVID-19. The PPP had given a ticket to Muhammad Yousuf Baloch, whereas PTI fielded Jan Sher Junejo to contest the by-election.
Other than this, there have been round a dozen candidates belonging to totally different events and independents additionally within the race for the PS-88 by-polls.
— With further enter from APP.