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Islamabad police defend raid at house of Shahbaz Gill’s driver

Islamabad police said the process of raiding Shahbaz Gill's driver's house is legal and warned action will also be taken against those who are spreading false news and incitement among the people.

The Islamabad police have stated that the raid at the house of Shehbaz Gill’s driver is in accordance with the law. Moreover, Islamabad police also warned that strict action will be taken against those responsible for spreading fake news on the matter.

To clarify, following the arrest of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill, reports emerged of police raiding the house of Shahbaz Gill’s driver, Izhar. The police arrested Izhar’s wife, which sparked intense backlash from PTI leaders who cried violation of human rights.

PTI leaders, while revealing the details of the raid, said the police harassed and tortured the family. They termed the move “fascist”.

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PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan also strongly condemned the raid on Izhar’s residence and termed his wife’s arrest “fascist illegal abductions”.

“I want to ask our legal community, are there no fundamental rights anymore?” Imran Khan tweeted.

Raid is legal: Islamabad police

The Islamabad Police, in a series of tweets, clarified the matter since the public too had begun condemning the incident while slamming the authorities.

“The process of raiding and arresting at Shahbaz Gill’s driver’s house is legal. However, Islamabad Capital Police is collecting all the evidence related to this case,” Islamabad police tweeted.

“Wherever legal action is required, the police will do its work. The scope of the case can be extended to other provinces besides Islamabad. Legal action will be taken against those who are found involved in concealing evidence or erasing evidence. People are requested not to pay attention to fake news,” the police said.

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Pertinent to mention, Islamabad Police said they raided the house to recover the PTI leader’s mobile phone for investigation in the sedition case being pursued against him. Upon seeing the police, the family members attacked the police party, put up resistance, began creating a hue and cry, and threatened the police party.

“Action will also be taken against those who are spreading false news and incitement among the people. Islamabad Capital Police will ensure the enforcement of the law,” the police further added.