Pakistan police arrested Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Awami Muslim League (AML) leader and PTI ally in the early hours of Thursday, according to official sources.
Geo News reported that the AML chief was arrested from his home in Islamabad after his nephew Sheikh Raashed Shafique confirmed the incident.
He reported that some 300 to 400 policemen allegedly raided his uncle’s house during their attempt to arrest him. In a video message, Sheikh Rasheed said he was moved to Aabpara police station, and claimed he was arrested for new clear charges.
It is still not clear for what charges Mr. Ahmed was arrested. However, a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader earlier in the week had filed a complaint against him for accusing former president Asif Ali Zardari of plotting the assassination of Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan.
Following the incident, Imran Khan Chief took to Twitter and reacted. “Never in our history have we had such a biased, vindictive caretaker government appointed by a totally discredited ECP. Question is: can Pakistan afford a street movement which we are being pushed towards at a time when we have been bankrupted by the imported government?” he tweeted.
Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad is a Pakistani politician who served as the 38th Interior Minister of Pakistan from 2020 to 2022. He is the founder and leader of the Awami Muslim League political party. Mr. Ahmed maintains close relations with the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan.
Pakistan’s caretaker government has come under immense criticism from the PTI Chief and other opposition parties for implementing biased policies since ousting Irman Khan from power on April 2022.
Amid the growing militancy and terrorism in the country, Pakistan is going through an economic and energy crisis, with an unprecedented rising inflation rate, making living extremely hard for ordinary people.