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Lahore rally: Shehbaz, other PML-N leaders booked in rioting case

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif and other party leaders have been booked by police for allegedly instigating party workers to run riot during the party’s rally held to accord a warm welcome to former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter upon their arrival from London. 

Lohari police registered a first information report (FIR) against Shehbaz Sharif, who is former chief minister of Punjab, party leaders Javed Hashmi, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Afzal Tarrar, Zafarul Haq, Talal Chaudhry and others.

According to the FIR, the PML-N leader instigated party workers to rioting, attacks on security personnel and damaging public and private properties.

The case has been registered under relevant provisions of the law that deal with rioting, attempted murder, and vandalism.

Separately, as many as 20 FIRs were registered against PML-N leaders and workers for holding a rally in Faisalabad in violation of the ECP’s code of conduct and without permission.

Rana Sanaullah, Ali Abbas, Rana Afzal, Malik Nawaz and other PML-N leaders have been named in these cases.

Sharif along with his daughter landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport late Friday night from where they were taken to Islamabad on a private plane before being shifted to Adiala jail in a convoy of security vehicles.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested them as they returned from London via Abu Dhabi to face prison. Judicial magistrate Wasim Ahmed executed the warrants issued by Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir for their arrest.

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