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Petition filed in LHC to bar govt from arresting PTI workers

LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court against possible arrest of its workers ahead of Islamabad lockdown on November 2.

Lahore PTI President Waleed Iqbal moved the petition. He said that his party had always raised voice for justice and against the corrupt people holding important offices. He said the PTI started campaign to educate people against corruption and their rights. Waleed also said the PTI was struggling for rule of law, supremacy of the constitution, a corruption-free state, making the strong and weak equal before the law and for a strong functional democracy in Pakistan.

The PTI lawmaker added that in Panam1a leaks it had been disclosed that family members and dependents of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistanis were holding high value assets outside the country through offshore companies in complete mismatch of their declared incomes and wealth positions.

He said that his party had planned to lockdown the capital on November 2 to press the government to probe the Panama leaks. He said that the government has planned to arrest PTI and other party workers to bar them from taking part in this peaceful demonstration.

He said that it had come to his knowledge that the government has prepared a list of political leaders and workers from across the country in this regard. Waleed added that through media the government spokesmen have openly expressed their intentions that they will not let PTI workers and other peaceful protesters enter Islamabad. The PTI lawmaker said that police stations across the Punjab had been issued orders in this regard. He said that police were pressing the PTI leaders and workers not to participate in the Islamabad march otherwise they would be detained.

He requested the court to restrain the state machinery from arresting or harassing PTI workers and leaders. He also requested that the government should also be restrained from creating hurdles by putting containers on roads and taking other measures to stop political workers from entering the federal capital.