Amid an intense crackdown against PTI leaders, the nephew of PTI Chairman Imran Khan Barrister Hassaan Niazi has been arrested by Islamabad Police from outside Judicial Complex.
According to the details, police arrested Hassaan from outside of the G11 judicial complex moments after he got bail in cases registered against him for vandalism at the capital’s judicial complex during Imran Khan’s appearance at the court in the Toshakhana case.
Hassaan Niazi was coming out of court when he was arrested. He told the police that he had been bailed, yet Superintendent Police Nosherwan forcibly took him away with him in the vehicle to Ramna police station.
The police accused Hassan Niazi of orchestrating the attack on the police van and personnel at Judicial Complex when clashes broke out between PTI workers and police.
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PTI leaders are terming the arrest of Hassaan Niazi as an ‘abduction’ and demanding the superior judiciary take notice.
“It is a new low for the police. Lawyer Hassaan Niazi who has just now been given bail by the court has been abducted,” PTI leader Farrukh Habib said while asking lawyers across the country to immediately come out in protest and block the roads.
“Arrest of Hassan Niazi is unacceptable, he has been arrested from court premises despite bail. Call upon Insaaf Lawyers’ Forum and Bar Associations to join protest,” Fawad Chaudhry said.
Arrest of @HniaziISF is unacceptable, he has been arrested from Court premises despite bail call upon ILF lawyers and Bar Associations to join in protest https://t.co/ohfgGXkr3v
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 20, 2023
“If this isn’t terrorism, what is,” PTI leader Dr Yasmin Rashid said while reacting to the news of Hassaan Niazi’s arrest.
If this isn't terrorism, what is? https://t.co/OYB0ppnRfZ
— Dr. Yasmin Rashid (@Dr_YasminRashid) March 20, 2023
Pertinent to mention that Hassaan Niazi acts as an adviser to former Prime Minister Imran Khan on legal affairs. He was recently booked under terrorism charges for allegedly attacking police officers and causing chaos outside the Federal Judicial Complex (FJC).
About 17 PTI leaders including Ali Amin Gandapur, Murad Saeed, Aamir Mehmood Kiani, Asad Qaiser, Shibli Faraz, Asad Umar, Omar Ayub Khan, Ali Nawaz Awan were also named in the first information report (FIR), along with Hassaan Niazi.
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