Imran Niazi Arrested

Islamabad: Previous Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan Niazi on Sunday was arrested for threatening a judge and two top police authorities at a public gathering that occurred in Islamabad on Saturday. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman was booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). An FIR has been documented against Niazi under Section 7 ATA for challenging legal and policing.

There is also speculation about Niazi’s arrest presently or in the following several days. Pakistan’s interior minister Rana Sanaullah prior on Sunday said that the government was pondering filing a case against the former prime minister for giving threats to state institutions and making provocative expressions while tending to the rally.

Niazi, while tending to a public gathering, threatened to file cases against top police authorities, a woman magistrate, the election commission of Pakistan, and political opponents over the treatment meted to his helper Shahbaz Gill, who was arrested keep going week on charges of sedition.

Sanaullah claimed the speech by the Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf chief was a continuation of a pattern to target armed forces and different organizations.

“This is all happening in continuation — from a campaign after Lasbela incident when six army officers were killed followed by Gill’s attempt to incite army ranks to go against their top command and then Imran threatening a woman judge and police officials for performing their duties as per the law,” the minister said.

His comments came after Pakistan’s electronic media watchdog restricted satellite TV channels from broadcasting live speeches of the removed prime minister, hours after he threatened state institutions and offered provocative expressions while tending to the assembly.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in a report issued on Saturday said TV channels despite repeated alerts had failed to execute a time-delay mechanism to stop the broadcast of material against state institutions.

The controller said his speeches were disregarding Article 19 of the Constitution and against the general set of principles for the media.

Responding forcefully to the ban imposed on the PTI chairman, the party said the government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has an extremist system.

In the interim, Niazi has said he will address a meeting at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh ground later on Sunday.

By Archana

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